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Three-minute interview: Todd Kissick

New Oracle schools chief plans to 'listen to people'

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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:00 pm

The Oracle Elementary School District’s incoming superintendent, Todd Kissick, took the opportunity recently to speak with The Explorer.

Kissick, a Salina, Kan., native, assumes his post with the school system in July. For three years he has been head of the 170-student Seligman School District in Northern Arizona.

The 44-year-old received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Later, he spent several years as a teacher and principal at schools in his home state of Kansas.

Before moving to Arizona, Kissick was superintendent of a kindergarten-through-12th-grade school district in Kansas.

Kissick and his wife of 18 years, Leila, have a 6-year-old daughter named Tessa.

Q

What attracted you to Oracle?

A

It was an opportunity to be a part of a larger district. We also wanted to be in a place closer to a larger community.

Q

 How have you been received during your visits to Oracle?

A

I’m very excited about coming. All the people were very warm and welcoming.

Q

 The district has suffered some internal problems in the past, mostly stemming from disputes between the board and administration. Does the history of feuding worry you?

A

 I’m aware of the problems, but nothing there seems so horrible that we can’t get past them.

Q

 What are your plans for the district?

A

 I want to be open and listen to people. They’re doing a lot of things right and I don’t want to mess those things up. As far as any mass-sweeping changes, I don’t have anything planned.

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