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Family matters are part of Myers’ draw

January 26, 2006

Northeast Kansas has many draws for Scott Myers, mostly family related, which is why he applied for the superintendent job opening with the Baldwin School District.

Myers visited Baldwin City Tuesday as one of the district's four finalists for superintendent.

"It has been great and we have met a lot of wonderful people," Myers said. "We saw the kids doing what they are supposed to be doing. The facilities are great. It's been a good day."

Myers has been the superintendent in the Elkhart School District in far western Kansas for six years, and family ties have brought him back to eastern Kansas.

He is from Topeka and his wife is from Paola. Both have family located in this part of the state. Their daughter is looking at attending college in eastern Kansas and is considering Baker University as a choice.

Myer said these reasons are why he chose to apply at Baldwin and not other area districts.

"We like it and that is why I chose to apply here," Myers said of Baldwin City. "We want it to be a good fit for us to come and stay. It has the right feel and it's close to the metropolitan area."

During his trip Tuesday, Myers traveled around Baldwin City and the district touring the buildings.

He was impressed at the people he met, along with the facilities.

"The facilities are wonderful," Myers said. "Everybody we met was very welcoming and very much professional. I saw people engaged in meaningful learning activities."

After the tour, Myers met many district personnel, who came to the district office for a reception. He was asked many questions, particularly technology, communication and state standards.

"I think education is far more than just the achievement of the state standards," Myers said. "There is so much more to it. Be that as it may, those are the rules of the game. It just makes sense for us to work toward achievement."

Then Myers spent a few hours being interviewed by the school board before his trip to Baldwin City was over.

Myers attended Topeka Seaman High School and graduated in 1982. After high school, Myers attended Cloud County Community College to play baseball, but was injured.

He then moved on to Kansas State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in 1987.

Myers then taught high school English and yearbook for 10 years in eastern Kansas. Then he moved to Elkhart School District, where he has been for six years.

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