Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson wrapped up his 87 day listening tour last week. Hinson took over the helm of the Shawnee Mission District on July 1.
The listening tour was part of an effort to get to know the area. Hinson met with everyone from parents and students to business owners and higher education officials.
District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal says people overwhelmingly want to make sure Shawnee Mission Schools retain their strong academic tradition.
“They’re interested in making any changes and bringing any new thoughts and new ideas to the school district to ensure that it continues to be a place of educational excellence,” says Neal.
Neal says some of the top concerns were financial issues, classroom size and keeping up with new technologies. The district will follow up with survey and more study as it forms its strategic plan.