As new superintendent arrives, Shawnee Mission board approves changes to meeting schedule for 2018-19

New superintendent Mike Fulton made his debut at a Shawnee Mission board of education meeting this week.

In remarks made at his first board meeting as the district’s leader, new Shawnee Mission Superintendent Mike Fulton thanked the board of education for selecting him for the role, and said he was excited to get to work.

“I’m looking forward to teaming with you to do great things for all of our kids as we move forward,” Fulton said.

Fulton’s introduction came during the same meeting where the board of education elected its officers for the coming year and set its meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year.

Next year’s meeting schedule will differ from the past few years on two notable fronts.

First, meetings will now begin at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Second, the board will switch from having one meeting a month to having two meetings a month most months.

The two-meetings-a-month schedule had been the board’s practice prior to the arrival of Superintendent Jim Hinson in 2013. Hinson’s administration had suggested that the one-a-month schedule used the past few years made it easier for members of the cabinet to prepare detailed information for presentation. But some members of the board had grown concerned that the several-week gap between meetings made it difficult for the body to address some issues in a timely manner.

Prior to the board’s vote Monday, Fulton said he believed the two-meeting-a-month schedule would work well.

“We talked about it as a cabinet and they are supportive of this as well,” Fulton said.

The only months that will not have two meetings a month are July, December, March and June, where there will be a single meeting on the fourth Monday of the month. All other months there will be a meeting on both the second and the fourth Monday of the month.