Shawnee Mission School District nabs Independence superintendent - KCTV5 News

Shawnee Mission School District nabs Independence's superintendent

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Independence School District Superintendent Jim Hinson is crossing the state line to take the job as superintendent of schools for the Shawnee Mission district.

The Shawnee Mission board voted Monday night to offer the job to Hinson, who has been Independence's superintendent for the past 11 years.

Hinson is most known for playing a major role in the Independence district successfully taking over operations of seven schools in Independence that had been owned by the Kansas City School District. Voters in Kansas City and Independence approved the annexation.

Hinson has served as an educator for nearly 30 years with 17 of them as superintendent. Hinson has been praised for the Independence School District's financial stability and successful $112 million bond campaign.

Shawnee Mission Schools Board President Patty Mach said Hinson is a lifelong educator who has "the stature, integrity and reputation" to leave the district to the next level of student success.

"He is an innovative educational leader with a strong commitment to students, staff and community outreach," Mach said in a statement.

Before joining the Independence district, Hinson served as superintendent in Granby and Greenfield, both in Missouri. He began his career as a classroom teacher and principal in Carthage, MO.

"It is a tremendous to be selected as the superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District," Hinson said in a statement. "The district has a rich heritage of excellence, and I am looking forward to serving the students, the board, the teachers and staff members and the community of this great district."

He said the district has a longstanding commitment to outstanding programs and services for children.

Hinson is replacing outgoing Superintendent Gene Johnson, who is retiring July 1. The search began in November.

Hinson and his wife, June, have three grown children. Two live in the area.

The board will formally approve a contract with Hinson during its Wednesday meeting.

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