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58fa330601c41 USD 428 Board of Education President Joyce Carter announces the successful 7-0 vote making Khris Thexton the new superintendent, effective July 1. Before the vote each of the school board members gave positive comments about the current interim superintendent.
USD 428 Board of Education President Joyce Carter announces the successful 7-0 vote making Khris Thexton the new superintendent, effective July 1. Before the vote each of the school board members gave positive comments about the current interim superintendent.

Thexton named 25th superintendent of Great Bend schools

With a unanimous vote on Thursday by the USD 428 Board of Education, Khris Thexton became the 25th superintendent of Great Bend public schools, effective July 1.

Thexton was named interim superintendent in December 2016 when Brad Reed tendered his resignation/retirement. Before that Thexton was an assistant superintendent in charge of business and operations for USD 428.

“This is an awesome opportunity for me to lead a great district surrounded by outstanding students, staff and community,” Thexton said. “I do feel humbled and honored to have this opportunity and I look forward to sharing in the successes and offering a great educational experience for the students of Great Bend.

“As a father of three children in our district, I want them to have the best education possible and as superintendent I have the opportunity to help lead our district and do my best to offer our students the best educational opportunities possible,” he said.

“I want to continue with the great programs we have going on in our district and do all that I can to support our students and staff in their endeavors.

“I will continue to work with the board to create a master plan for the future of Great Bend schools and how we can continue to progress and meet the ever changing educational needs of our students and community,” Thexton said.

“My number-one priority is to serve the students, staff and community of Great Bend,” he said.

Thexton noted that he brings 18 years of educational experience, four years as superintendent in Marysville and four years as an assistant superintendent for USD 428.

“I believe one of the greatest strengths of our district is our community support for our schools and the pride Great Bend has for the school district,” he said. “We have outstanding staff members and excellent students and their commitment to excellence is evident in what we do.

“I would like everyone to know that I welcome their comments and suggestions and will always be willing to listen,” he said. “I will do my best to communicate to all of our staff and will do everything I can to assist in helping do what is best for you and our students.

“I have truly enjoyed becoming a member of the Great Bend community and I am here to serve our students and to make our district the best it can be,” Thexton said. “I welcome input from all our stakeholders and will do my best to help create a school system they will continue to be proud of.

“I want to thank the board for giving me this opportunity to lead our district,” he said. “It is an honor for me to lead our district.

“I believe we have a great board of education and their passion for doing what is best for our students and staff has been their greatest priority,” he said. “I will do the best I can to help them implement the vision they have for our district. I am very excited for this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for our district.”

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