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Head of Kauffman Scholars accepts interim KC Schools super job

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The head of the Kauffman Scholars has accepted the post of Kansas City Schools' interim superintendent.

Stephen Green, president and chief executive officer of Kauffman Scholars Inc., is expected to start Monday after an agreement is struck with the board. Green attended Wednesday night's board meeting.

Green said he was excited and thankful for the vote of confidence from the board to succeed John Covington.

After two years on the job, Covington abruptly stepped down last week as superintendent. He has taken a job to oversee Michigan's lowest performing schools and left his office in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Covington's chief of staff, Chase Ramey, is overseeing the district until Green steps in. However, Green set in Covington's seat during Wednesday night's meeting.

Green has served on Covington's advisory council and was part of the district's strategic planning committee. Previously, he served as a superintendent in New York City, overseeing 34 schools.

Andrea Flinders, head of the teachers' union, said Green has a good knowledge of the district and would continue the momentum that the district has been building.

"He has paid very close attention to what is going on in the Kansas City School District," Flinders said. "I think he may be what we need now. He is smart. He is local. He has roots here."

Green also has a calmer personality than Covington and weighs all factors before making decisions, Flinders said.

The Kansas City School Board met Wednesday with Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro. The state education agency is scheduled to make a decision next month on whether the district will retain its accreditation.

The district currently meets just three of the 14 standards.

Board member Arthur Benson asked Nicastro for a month delay to give the district time to prepare its case for retaining provisional accreditation.

Nicastro said she would consider the request. She did say that the state has no desire to be the superintendent of the Kansas City School District.

"As we look at the current situation, all records of performance, along with the current status of the district, is going to contribute to a decision about classification," Nicastro said. "I'm not prepared today to tell you what that will be."

She did say that the district has much work to do particularly in the area of student achievement.

"It's clear performance on it's face hasn't improved," she said. "We continue to be disappointed in district performance. It doesn't appear to be going in the right direction."

Parent Jamekia Kendrix said she appreciated that Nicastro didn't say that the district had imploded and could not be saved. She said the stake's are high for the district's children, which includes her daughter.

"They must come together and try to push forward to do what's in the best interest of our kids," Kendrix said.

The school board will hold a special meeting again Thursday evening.

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