USD 443 superintendent Dr. Fred Dierksen has been appointed to the Governor’s Council on Education by Governor Laura Kelly recently.

Dierksen, along with Dr. Cynthia Lane of Kansas City, will serve as co-chair on the council.

"I welcome the opportunity to serve on the council," Dierksen said. "It is an honor to work with fellow Kansans that are equally passionate about education.

"My experience of 37 years ranges from the classroom to large and diversified school districts.

"I have a particular interest in southwest Kansas and the unique demands of workforce development."

Board president Lisa Killion added, "Dr. Dierksen is a great leader of our district, and he will be an excellent representative for the Council on Education and Dodge City Public Schools as he serves in this capacity.

"We are thrilled that he is our superintendent."

The first meeting of the council will be held in Topeka on Jan. 30.

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