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  • Herl named new superintendent

  • The Independence Board of Education did not have to look far when deciding who would lead the Independence School District now that Jim Hinson is moving across the state line.



    Dale Herl was announced as the new superintendent of the Independence School District Wednesday. He joined the district in 2009 and has been serving as deputy superintendent, overseeing finances and operations.

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  • The Independence Board of Education did not have to look far when deciding who would lead the Independence School District now that Jim Hinson is moving across the state line.
    Dale Herl was announced as the new superintendent of the Independence School District Wednesday. He joined the district in 2009 and has been serving as deputy superintendent, overseeing finances and operations.
    “We feel very fortunate that we had an extraordinarily strong candidate who has already shown great leadership ability here in the Independence School District,” said Ann Franklin, president of the Board of Education. “Dr. Herl has proven to be very committed to our district and to the community. The board is confident that Dr. Herl is the right person to lead the district and build on the solid foundation that Dr. Hinson has put in place.”
    Hinson announced in March that he is retiring from the Missouri public school system and accepted the position of superintendent in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas. Herl said his love for the community and the school district were the deciding factor in applying for the superintendent position. He will assume the role July 1.
    “I love the community, and I cannot say enough good things about the Independence School District,” he said. “I came here on a leap of faith and trust in Dr. Hinson. It was the best move I have ever made for my family. This is a terrific school district.”
    Prior to coming to Independence, Herl served as superintendent in the Burrton School District in south central Kansas for three years. There he made changes in curriculum and instruction that resulted in an increase to test scores. He also taught high school mathematics and physics before stepping into an administrative role.
    “It is the people that I work with every day that makes this school district great. They are wonderful,” he said. “This is a large city connected to a large metropolitan area, but the town is very contained here. I grew up in a small town, as did my wife, so that is a nice feeling to have here.”
    Herl said his priorities as superintendent will be focusing on state funding as well as the implementation of MSIP 5. The Missouri School Improvement Program is the accreditation program for public schools in Missouri and the new incarnation of the program will bring about a new set of challenges for teachers and school district administration.
    “We need to look at how we use data to improve instruction in the school district,” he said. “Finances will also continue to be a challenge to every school district.”
    Herl said he will begin working with Hinson in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition when Hinson exits the district in June.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It would not be easy for anyone to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Hinson, but I consider myself lucky to have worked with him side-by-side for the past several years,” he said. “I consider it part of my duty to protect and grow the gains he has made in shaping this district into one of which our staff, students, parents and community can be proud.”
     
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