KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The superintendent of the North Kansas City school district announced his retirement.
Superintendent Dr. Dan Clemens said he plans to retire in July 2024, following the end of the 2023-2024 school year. He has worked in the district for 23 years, including the last 8 years as superintendent.
Clemens says he is proud of the district’s work educating more than 21,000 students annually.
Being a part of the NKC Schools family is something I love and will always cherish. Education has been my life for so long now and I can’t think of a more important calling. We are shaping the future with every graduating class.
Dr. Dan Clemens, superintendent of schools in North Kansas City
Leaders said the North Kansas City school district became the second largest in the state with Clemens at the helm. Graduation rates also increased during that time.
Over the past eight years, North Kansas City has built six new schools with two more elementary schools underway. The district also established its College & Career Pathways program to make sure students graduate and are ready to enter the workforce or continue their education.
Clemens was involved in opening Missouri’s two elementary schools that are open year round and has led the district through the pandemic.
The North Kansas City Board of Education is interviewing internal candidates for the job. The board says if an internal candidate is not selected, it will conduct an external search.
The board plans to announce a new superintendent and information on the transition process before June.