The Kansas City, Kansas Public School district has announced the final two candidates to succeed superintendent Cynthia Lane, who retires at the end of this month.
The district will conduct interviews this week for Jayson Strickland and Charles Foust this week. Both finalists will attend public meet-and-greet events.
Strickland is a former third-grade teacher in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and has served as the district's deputy superintendent since 2017, and has worked in the district office in executive director and assistant superintendent roles since 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and received his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Foust comes from Union County Public Schools in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina, where he currently serves as chief performance officer. He previously served as a principal and school support officer in the Houston Independent School District. He recieved his bachelor's degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and his doctorate from the University of Houston.
Meet-and-greet sessions will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the board room at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Strickland's session will on Wednesday, and Foust's will be Thursday. After these public sessions, the interview process will then be completed in executive sessions of the school board.
Nicolas Telep is KCUR's morning news intern. Follow him on Twitter @NDTelep.