The Wichita school district has announced more district-level leadership changes for the 2017-18 school year, when Alicia Thompson will take over as superintendent. She is shown at a ceremony earlier this year honoring teachers at Christa McAuliffe Academy. (Feb. 24, 2017) Jaime Green File photo
The Wichita school district has announced more district-level leadership changes for the 2017-18 school year, when Alicia Thompson will take over as superintendent. She is shown at a ceremony earlier this year honoring teachers at Christa McAuliffe Academy. (Feb. 24, 2017) Jaime Green File photo

Education

Wichita district announces leadership changes

By Suzanne Perez Tobias

stobias@wichitaeagle.com

April 03, 2017 12:14 PM

UPDATED April 03, 2017 12:37 PM

The Wichita school district has announced more district-level leadership changes for the 2017-18 school year, when Alicia Thompson will take over as superintendent:

▪ Chris Wendt, principal at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary, will be executive director of elementary schools, replacing Shannon Benoit.

▪ Benoit will lead pre-kindergarten programs and Multilingual Education Services.

▪ Ken Jantz will be executive director of Title I programs. He currently oversees Multilingual Education Services as well.

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▪ Lisa Lutz will continue to lead the district’s assessments and research department as it merges with the Information Services and Technology department. She will serve as IST academic liaison.

Last month, Michele Igenthron became assistant superintendent of elementary schools, replacing Thompson as she transitions to the superintendent post.

Other administrative changes, including new principals, will be announced in coming weeks, said district spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

Meet the new Wichita schools superintendent

Alicia Thompson, who started in Wichita public schools as a kindergartner, will be the next superintendent of the state’s largest school district. "I knew I wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids.” (video by Jaime Green / The Wichita Eagle/Feb.2

jgreen@wichitaeagle.com

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias