OPS board to meet Saturday to discuss superintendent finalists

Dec 14, 2012

A candidate for Omaha Public Schools superintendent says he’s prepared to take on the challenges urban school districts face.

Mark Evans interviewed Thursday. Evans currently serves as superintendent of the Andover, Kansas, Public Schools. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with the Wichita School District.

Evans says all students should be prepared upon their graduation for either college or the working world, and the right curriculum is important. “I don’t believe that every student needs to go to college. I’ve never felt that way, I don’t think that’s our bottom line goal. Our bottom line goal is a well-educated young people that goes one route or the other, and they’re prepared for that route.”

Evans also talked about how urban school districts can sustain growth. He says setting goals and constantly assessing progress are key.

The OPS board will meet Saturday morning at 9am to discuss the three finalist candidates.