In a unanimous decision, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education has named Dr. David Ulrich as the next superintendent of schools starting July 1, 2020. He will succeed Dr. Michele Condon, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Ulrich is currently the superintendent in the Moffat County RE-1 School District in Craig, Colorado. Prior to his four years as a superintendent, he spent 18 years as an educator in Missouri, which included principal of Lee’s Summit North High School and director of secondary education for the North Kansas City School District. Dr. Ulrich spent eight years as a teacher, including four years as a social studies teacher at North Kansas City High School.
Five residents of the Kirkwood School District filed as candidates for the three positions open on the Kirkwood Board of Education. Each candidate filed by the January 21, 2020 closing date. The school board election will be held on April 7, 2020. In the order of their filing, the school board candidates are: Chad Kavanaugh (Incumbent), Jennifer Pangborn (Incumbent), Nikole Shurn, Julie Backer (Incumbent), and Michael Kleckner.
The Missouri School Board's Association search consultant, Dr. Brent Underwood, updated the leadership profile of the next superintendent of Kirkwood Schools based on feedback from the Board, staff and the community. The main qualities highlighted include a strategic thinker and thought leader who makes recommendations to the Board through data-driven decisions and can engage all stakeholders to reinforce the bonds among the Board, our schools, the District, and the community to advocate for children.