The Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of their new Superintendent of Schools during a special meeting on Friday, April 23. Dr. Anna Stubblefield will begin her first day as the 21st Superintendent of Schools on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
“We are truly excited about the hiring of Dr. Stubblefield and look forward to the experience and leadership she will bring to our school district and community,” said Board of Education President Randy Lopez. “She brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge in the areas of school improvement and organizational change, which will be vital during this time of transition.”
The JG Consulting firm facilitated the search process that began in November of 2020. Dr. Stubblefield was selected from a national pool of 21candidates which were screened down to three outstanding finalists.
“I am grateful for this opportunity. It is a privilege to serve as the next superintendent. I look forward to working collaboratively with the board, staff, students and community to build on and create a culture of high expectations, strong relationships, and trust. My hope is I will lead in a way that empowers others as we change lives,” said Dr. Stubblefield.
Dr. Stubblefield currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools. She has worked in this position since 2018 after serving as the Interim Superintendent for the 2017-18 school year. As Deputy Superintendent, she oversees Human Resources, Special Education and Student Services, Curriculum and Instruction and the Lawrence Virtual School. She has also been instrumental in Lawrence Public Schools equity work. She also served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent, Director of Human Resources and as a middle school principal. She began her career in education as a teacher and thereafter transitioned into new roles as a coach and assistant principal in the Blue Valley and Center School Districts.
“I look forward to listening and learning in order to understand ‘the story’ about the rich traditions and values as well as hearing about the opportunities for growth and innovation,” said Dr. Stubblefield. “My intention is that every student will graduate from the district empowered and ready to launch. I share in the vision of making the district’s mission a reality-Inspiring Excellence: Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day. As your next Superintendent, I will model this through my words and actions and challenge everyone to do the same.”
Due to restrictions on community gatherings caused by the health pandemic, the Board had to develop alternative options to seek input and collaboration from community groups and stakeholders on the superintendent search process. The Board hosted four virtual Townhall Meetings in January. Two of the meetings were in Spanish. The community was also able to provide input through an online survey in which the Board received nearly 250 responses.
“I want to thank everyone who helped us in this process; especially our community who from the beginning were engaged, and provided heartfelt input in the search for our next leader,” said Lopez.
Her contract is for a three-year term at an annual base salary of $235,000. Dr. Stubblefield replaces Dr. Charles Foust, who resigned in 2020. The current Interim Superintendent of Schools is Dr. Alicia Miguel until the official transition on July 1.
“KCKPS is thankful for the leadership and guidance Dr. Miguel provided during this school year. She helped us to navigate through this challenging year with grace, direction, an always committed to serve all of our students,” said Lopez. “We are grateful for her service.”
Dr. Stubblefield earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University, an Educational Specialist’s degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and two Master degrees (Special Education and Teaching & Leadership) along with her Bachelor degree in Education Administration from the University of Kansas. In October 2018, she participated in the Women in Education Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Stubblefield currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of Kansas and Baker University.
She is a married to David and both are proud parents of three sons.
Posted April 23, 2021