SMSD board accepts Johnson resignation, will hire consultants in search for new superintendent

The Shawnee Mission School Board formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Gene Johnson Monday night and continued its accolades for his service. Several board members took the opportunity to praise Johnson’s 5-year tenure.

The board will do a national search for a new superintendent by hiring a consulting firm to guide the process. It is anticipated a new superintendent will be named by spring 2013.

Johnson’s resignation is effective June 30, 2013. He has spent 27 years in the district and is paid nearly $227,000 per year.

“We appreciate Dr. Johnson’s leadership as superintendent and his unwavering commitment to doing what is best for students demonstrated throughout his career in our district,” said Board President Patty Mach. “Selecting a new superintendent is one of our most important tasks as a board. The board will secure a firm to assist in the identification of qualified candidates that will meet the future needs of our school district and the expectations of our community. Input and ideas from stakeholders will be essential and we look forward to working with our community throughout this important process.”