Seeking Community Input in Superintendent Search

Board of Education Announces New Superintendent of Schools
New Superintendent

At the April 10 Board of Education (BOE) meeting Heather Bohaty, current Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Derby Public Schools, was announced by the BOE as the next Superintendent of Schools with a 7-0 vote. She will begin this role on July 1 following Craig Wilford’s retirement. The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) assisted our district in gathering public input. KASB conducted a series of characteristics focus group sessions with the community, students, teachers, classified staff and administration to obtain input on what others viewed as desirable traits of the new Superintendent of Schools. From this feedback, our Board of Education made the decision to interview internal candidates. 

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the many students, employees and patrons who provided their feedback,” Matt Hoag, BOE President, said. “Because of your dedicated involvement and feedback, the board had a wealth of great information and criteria to consider through this process. The board is highly confident that Mrs. Bohaty will provide the best strategic leadership for Derby Public Schools and will drive us to achieve our new vision and mission in the coming years.”

Bohaty earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Washburn University, Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Wichita State University, and Superintendency/District Leadership from Wichita State University. She has dedicated her educational career to Derby Public Schools, serving the last 21 years in various capacities. She started her career as a communications teacher at Derby Middle School, then served nine years as a principal of Cooper Elementary and is now currently in her eighth year as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

A community meeting for an opportunity to meet Bohaty will be held at Derby North Middle School on Monday, May 1 from 5:30PM-6:30PM. At 6:15PM, she will provide an overview of her Entry Plan, which provides goals to obtain during the first 100 days as Superintendent of Schools.

“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve our community in the capacity of Superintendent of Schools,” Bohaty said. “Derby is where my husband and I raise our four children and where we call home. I am extremely proud to be apart of a community that supports exceptional educational experiences for all students. I look forward to working collaboratively with our Board of Education, staff, students families and community members.”

During the past several weeks, the superintendent search sub-committee (BOE Members Hoag, Matthew Joyce and Janet Sprecker) have looked into several aspects of the superintendent hiring process and contract  “We have had multiple executive sessions to discuss these items and get additional guidance from the broader board,” Hoag said. “We worked with KASB and were informed that superintendent hiring processes vary widely across the state depending on the district and circumstance. The sub-committee also found that our existing and historical superintendent contracts were significantly incomplete. In that regard, we worked with both KASB and the district’s legal counsel to build a new contract framework to be applied to the superintendent position moving forward.”

With a proven dedication to our district, Derby Public Schools looks forward to Bohaty’s innovative and progressive approaches to ensure students are prepared for post-secondary success. 

Learn more about her entry plan HERE.



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