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WATCH: Superintendent Mark Bedell leaving Kansas City Public Schools

The superintendent for Kansas City Public Schools has announced that he is stepping down.
The superintendent for Kansas City Public Schools has announced that he is stepping down.(KCTV5)
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 1:30 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 9:45 AM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell, who has been with Kansas City Public Schools for six years, will be leaving later this summer.

Dr. Mark Bedell steps down as KCPS superintendent

HAPPENING NOW: Dr. Mark Bedell steps down as Kansas City Public Schools superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier has been named interim superintendent. STORY: https://www.kctv5.com/2022/06/10/kc-mayor-reflects-kcps-superintendent-leaving-after-securing-full-accreditation/

Posted by KCTV5 News Kansas City on Friday, June 10, 2022

The school district’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to make Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier Interim Superintendent for the 2022-23 school year.

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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas posted a statement on Twitter in response to the announcement. “I’ll miss him,” he added.

The following letter to the community from Dr. Bedell was included in a press release about his departure:

Dr. Jennifer Collier has been educator with Kansas City Public Schools for 22 years.

“She’s been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Chief Human Resource Officer and Deputy Superintendent,” according to a biography the school district shared. “Dr. Collier earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a Master’s of Arts in education from Avila University and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from UMKC in 2018.”

“A life-long learner, Dr. Collier has completed the National Institute of School Leaders (NISL) program and is a certified NISL trainer,” it adds. “In this role, she has provided training for educators and school leaders across the state of Missouri. She also received a certificate from the Harvard University School Turnaround Leaders Institute in 2019.”

“Dr. Collier comes from a family of educators, and education has always played an integral role in her life,” it states. “One of Dr. Collier’s most urgent academic goals is to ensure that KCPS students are proficient readers.”

“Dr. Collier delights in the opportunity to lead the district that she loves and has served over the last 22 years,” it closes. “She believes that KCPS’ best days are yet to come.”

Click here to learn more about her.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier has been named Interim Superintendent for the...
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier has been named Interim Superintendent for the 2022-23 school year.(KCPS)