RUSSELL - Superintendent Shelly Swayne submitted her resignation from USD 407 Russell County Schools, effective June 30, 2022.  Ms. Swayne was hired in June 2018. 

Under Swayne’s leadership, the schools saw growth in areas such as building improvements in electrical, lighting, and HVAC.  Further improvements in curriculum research and implementation of professional development also occurred. However, the overall district declined in student enrollment over the course of the four years and experienced licensed staff turnover rates averaging 21% yearly.  

“Since 2018, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the Superintendent of Schools in a wonderful community where the faculty, staff, and leaders work for #KidsFirst407,” wrote Swayne in her resignation letter. In an email addressed to USD 407 to staff, she went on to say, “I am committed to finishing this work through my assignment for the 2021-2022 school year and being certain that the 2023 school year is set in motion with character.”  

The Board of Education officially accepted Swayne’s resignation at a special meeting on June 21.  The board has committed to working with the Kansas Association of School Boards’ leadership team to determine the next steps in searching for and hiring a new district leader.