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Olathe school board hires Wichita chief as superintendent

John Allison will be Olathe Public Schools’ next superintendent.
John Allison will be Olathe Public Schools’ next superintendent.

John Allison on Monday was officially named the new superintendent of the Olathe Public Schools.

Allison, who will begin his new duties July 1, has worked in public education for 29 years, including the last seven as superintendent of Wichita Public Schools. He was the sole finalist for the Olathe job.

Last week, Allison told students and staff that he intended to accept the Olathe position if it was offered. Olathe school board members met in a special meeting Monday evening and approved his appointment.

“Olathe is a community that takes great pride in their schools and strives to offer a world-class education for each student,” Allison said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Board of Education, staff, students, parents and community to make sure our students are prepared for their future.”

Former Superintendent Marlin Berry left the district this past summer to oversee a school district in Rogers, Ark.

The Olathe school district is the largest in the Kansas City area, with more than 29,000 students and 4,300 staff members.

The Star’s Steve Rosen contributed to this report.

Katy Bergen: 816-234-4120, @KatyBergen

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