Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Posny misses schools, children

March 9, 2006

After working for the Kansas State Department of Education for more than six years, Alexa Posny wants to get back into the school buildings, so she applied for the superintendent job opening with the Baldwin School District.

"I would like to get back to where education is really taking place, and that's back into the schools," Posny said. "One of the biggest things is that I miss the kids."

Posny, the deputy commissioner for learning services at the KSDE, was the fourth candidate interviewed by the Baldwin Board of Education in the last week. She came Tuesday for her visit and interview.

"It's been a great day," Posny said Tuesday. "It's been a while since I have been back in the schools and classrooms. It was great to see the kids."

As with the previous three candidates, Posny spent the day meeting and talking with several district administrators and personnel. She also toured each school building Tuesday.

"That was really nice," Posny said of the tour. "I got a good sense of the buildings that had been here for quite a while and a much better sense of the community.

"It was great to see the buildings," Posny said. "I have looked at their results, in terms of as academic progress, they have made tremendous strides over the last few years. It's a good district with very dedicated parents, educators and students, and you can tell."

Posny said the size of Baldwin's district was appealing to her.

"One is the size of the district," Posny said of things she liked about he district. "It's a good size, in terms of being able to see things. This is a very good district and is poised to be one of the best. Another is how much stability is here and the fact that people like it here. Baldwin City is just a great place to be."

The town was also a positive for Posny, because it was similar to her hometown of Two Rivers, Wisc.

"I have been here before and it's a great community," Posny said. "It reminds me very much of my hometown. It's a community. It has the historical part, but it also has the part that's growing. You can tell this is a very vital and vibrant town."

Posny has been working for KSDE for nearly seven years. Prior to this year, she was the assistant commissioner for learning services for four years, after being the state director of special education for two years.

She was also the Director of Special Education for the Shawnee Mission School District for two years.

Posny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and sociology. She did all of her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Posny has a Ph.D. in educational administration and a Master's Degree in behavioral disabilities.

The school board hopes to make a decision on its choice for superintendent very soon. The Signal will update this story as information becomes available on its Web site, www.baldwincity.com.

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