Monday, January 19, 2009
The Maize USD 266 Board of Education has announced that a contract for Superintendent of Schools has been offered and accepted by Doug Powers, who is currently serving as Superintendent of Marysville USD 364.
Powers has served as Superintendent in Marysville since 2006 and has previous experience as the Executive Director of Educational Services at the DeSoto Public Schools as well as being an elementary principal at Lincoln Elementary in Parsons, Kansas. He began his career as a teacher in El Dorado USD 490.
Powers is in the process of completing his doctorate and earned his district level certification from Pittsburg State University in 1999. He obtained his master’s and bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in 1997 and 1991 respectively. He and his wife, Chellie, have a five year old daughter, two high school aged sons and a son who is a
freshman in college.
“I am very excited to begin my duties at Maize,” said Powers, “The district has such a great reputation and a community that is obviously committed to providing a great educational experience for its students. I look forward to being a part of the Maize team and helping make the district even better than it is today.”
The Board of Education hired consultants Von Lauer and Howard Shuler from McPherson & Jacobson, LLC to help with the search process. In addition, the board utilized the services of Vinny Gerace, Director of Consulting with Leadership Catalyst, to administer the Style of Influence (SOI) questionnaire to the finalists in order to determine their management styles and aptitudes.
Three finalists toured the district and met with school and community members in focus groups prior to being interviewed by the Board of Education for the position on January 13- 15, 2009. Contract details were worked out last Friday evening at a special board meeting and the contract was accepted by Powers the same evening.
He will begin work as Superintendent of Schools in the district on July 1, 2009.