The USD 407 Board of Education has announced the selection of Jordan Perez, as the new superintendent. Perez will take the reins on July 1, 2023, following Mr. Clark Coco, Interim Superintendent, whose contract ends on June 30, 2023.
Jordan Perez has broad educational experience, as an administrator, teacher, and mentor to educators. Perez was hired by USD 407 in 2019 and served two years as principal of Simpson Elementary School before transferring to his current position as principal of Ruppenthal Middle School. Prior to arriving in Russell, Perez taught fourth and second grades at Lee Elementary in USD 383 Manhattan.
Perez earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University in 2011, his Master of Arts in Education from Ottawa University in 2018, and he will graduate in May 2023 with his Education Specialist Degree from Fort Hays State University.
Board President Kathy Wallert says that Jordan Perez emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the school District. “The Board is certain in our choice of Jordan Perez and confident that under his leadership USD 407 will continue to move and grow in a positive direction.”
Kathy Wallert, Board President, explained that community input, including the involvement of stakeholders was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search process. The committees included teachers and administrators, parents, and community members. “The input from the community as a whole was very helpful to our process.”
The Board selected three finalists, who were interviewed by the Board. As a board team, we feel we made the right selection to serve our students and our community.