Dr. Scott Springston has a storied resume, one he is adding to as the new Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at USD 443.
"Dodge City Public Schools’ history of success, pride and community support was the attraction to this position and it is an honor to be part of this team," Springton said. "In addition, I was a colleague of Dr. Dierksen’s when we both worked in south central Kansas. I have always respected his vision for schools, integrity and how he treats everyone with respect. He is someone whom I am excited to work with and do everything I can to help him successfully meet the Board of Education’s goals."
The board approved the hiring of Springston for the new position at the May 14 meeting. He’ll begin work July 1.
"My wife grew up on a farm south of Garden City and we both graduated from Garden City High School," he said. "We have lived, worked and went to school in western Kansas and are excited to be part of southwest Kansas and more importantly, the Dodge City community."
Springston has served in public education for 23 years, 20 of which were in Kansas.
He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Kansas in Teaching and Leadership, and both a masters and bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.
"Not only have I served in public education, I have also served as an adjunct professor, educational consultant and led a non-profit start up whose mission was to connect the residents and workforce to continuing learning opportunities," Springston said.
Springston said he hopes to initially do a lot of listening and to meet as many people as possible in order to understand what they believe are the strengths and areas of improvement needed for the district.
He said that information will provide personal perspectives to go alongside the district audit presented this past March.
"I intend to work with the students, community members, district staff, superintendent and the Board of Education to develop a prioritized strategic action plan that will focus on continuous improvement of the district’s goals," he said. "It is also vital that a collaborative culture is developed with all levels of staff in the school district.
"I firmly believe our teachers are the instructional experts and it is the job of the administrators to ensure they have the clear goals, resources, support and professional development to be successful."
Springston said the greatest challenge facing every school is to ensure it is preparing all students academically, socially and emotionally to be prepared to be successful in their career pathways after high school, regardless of whether a student’s path takes them directly to work, military, vocational programs or college.
"Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to meet with many businesses across three different states and predominately they want a future workforce with employability skills, technology proficiency and technical knowledge as it relates to the job," he said.
According to Springston, the students are the district’s biggest strengths and assets.
"Dodge City Public Schools’ history of success, pride and community support is the solid foundation by which past, current and future successes are built upon," he said. "I have not had the privilege yet to meet a broad range of staff, parents and residents in Dodge City but everyone I have met so far has a passion and dedication to the students and the community."
Springston and his wife have been married for 25 years and have two children, a son who attends Kansas State University and a daughter who graduates from high school in a few weeks and will be leaving for college in Colorado.
Springston currently serves as the Executive Director of Grand County Higher Education in Grandy, Colo.
"I have been blessed to be able to work as a servant leader for pre-kindergarten to adult learners in a multitude of settings," he said. "My passion and calling is to positively impact people through providing safe and enriching learning opportunities.
"I have experienced many successes, great and small, but what I am most proud of are the countless relationships I have been privileged to be part of over the years."