Kansas State Board of Education members will host a focus group in Wichita on May 29 to gather input about what qualities constituents see as essential for a new education commissioner.
The meeting – 6:30 p.m. at Christa McAuliffe Academy, 2055 S. 143rd St. East – is open to the public. It will be hosted by local state board members Kathy Busch and Jim McNiece.
The board is searching for a new commissioner after Diane DeBacker stepped down from the job to become an adviser to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates. Deputy Commissioner Brad Neuenswander is serving as acting commissioner.
During the Wichita focus group, one of several that will be held across the state, state board members hope to ask constituents what they think are the most critical educational issues in Kansas as well as the experiences and skills they think are important for the leadership position.