By SNJ staff
The Board of Education of the Sedalia #200 School District in closed session on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, hired Mr. Brad Pollitt as Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Pollitt has served as an Assistant Superintendent in the Sedalia School system for the past six years. He has played an important role in managing the technology needs of the district, improving the current facilities and heading up the Human Resources for the district.
On Wednesday morning at the District 200 Central Office, 2806 Matthew Drive, board member Dr. Jeffrey Sharp introduced Mr. Pollitt as a “fire extinguisher for the district; he puts out fires a lot.” Pollitt was surrounded by school administators, school board members and family. “The board put a lot of deliberation in this; we had two quite long meetings.” The decision to promote Pollitt was made Sunday night.
Superintendent Pollitt thanked the board for their confidence and the opportunity to serve as the top man in the district. “Next year will be my 20th with the Sedalia School District; we’ve been in the community for 24 years and have seen a lot of positive changes,” he said.
District 200 continues to grow, he noted. “We’ve added about 285 students over the last five years, so Sedalia must be a good place to live, and the school district must be a good place to put your students and we’re proud of that. We have such a great group of people to work with; our administrators do a great job at the buildings. Our student test scores the last two years have been at the top and accredited with distinction and that starts with the bar that Dr. Ebersold and Dr. Wolfe have set; we’ve had two of the best leaders. And Dr. Wolfe has really raised that bar; and it’s going to be big shoes to fill,” Pollitt said. “I appreciate and accept that challenge.”
He commended the Central Office staff, naming Dr. Nancy Scott, Carla Wheeler and Chris Pyle specifically. “And I’ve been blessed in this district with directors that I’ve worked with,” Superintendent Pollitt said. “No one has ever been successful unless you hire the right people and put them in the right positions.”
When asked if he sees any changes for District 200 in the near future, Pollitt said that he believes the district is heading in the right direction. “Our test scores indicate that. There are a lot of things we have to change due to government regulations. There are changes that are going to be made, but they are mandated changes,” he noted.
Pollitt will officially take over the position on July 1, 2013. He will have the next seven months to work with Dr. Wolfe for a smooth transition. “They’ve had 20 years to evaluate me,” Pollitt quipped of the board’s decision.
Prior to coming to Sedalia, Mr. Pollitt served one year as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools and one year as the High School Principal in Knob Noster. He also served in administrative positions in the Smithton School District and at the Sedalia Middle School.
Mr. Pollitt holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Photos by Randy Kirby & Kyle Siegel, Sedalia News Journal.