When John Allison became superintendent two years ago, he knew that the Wichita school district faced budget challenges. But he couldn't have foreseen how severe the funding shortfalls would be. Allison has had to recommend and implement difficult and, in some cases, damaging cuts. But throughout this painful process, Allison has been thoughtful and professional. The Wichita school board was wise this week to extend Allison's contract for three years.