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Olathe Public Schools announces next superintendent

Superintendent John Allison will retire June 30
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Posted at 8:52 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 22:22:11-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Olathe Public Schools announced Thursday that it has hired a new superintendent.

Dr. Brent Yeager will take over the Kansas City area's largest school district on July 2, 2021, according to a school district news release.

Yeager will replace John Allison, who has served as superintendent since 2017.

"I am thrilled to be the next superintendent for the Olathe Public Schools," Yeager said in a news release from the district. "I believe in our strategic plan and appreciate the foundation that has been established under Mr. Allison's leadership. Next fall, with the help of our Board of Education, our outstanding staff and our community, we will relaunch our relentless commitment to fulfulling the ambitions of our strategic plan. This plan is truly our bedrock as we prepare all of our students for their future."

Yeager currently is the district's assistant superintendent for learning services.

Olathe Board of Education President Joe Beveridge said the board and John Allison have worked to identify and train leaders within the district, according to the district news release.

Beveridge said Yeager would provide stability and continuity as Olathe Public Schools works through the pandemic and looks to its future.

Allison said the decision to retire was difficult, but he will be able to spend more time with his family, according to the school district news release.

Olathe Public Schools serves more than 29,000 students.