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Opportunity scheduled to meet third candidate for superintendent of Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Posted: Apr 20, 2017
Author: Ann Bush

The third and final opportunity to meet a candidate for the position of superintendent at the Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind will take place today, Thursday, April 20.

The third candidate is Debora Howser.

Howser is currently the executive director of special education and student support services for Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District 383. She has served in this capacity since 2013.

She also served as director of special services in Silver Lake, Kan.; director of special services, including inclusion coordinator, autism consultant, in Eldon, Mo.; and various teaching positions in northeast Kansas. Howser has 25 years of experience in the field of education, many of which have been in leadership/administration positions.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in interrelated special education from Washburn University. She took 25 graduate hours in deaf education and autism at the University of Kansas. Howser also earned her educational specialist degree from the University of Missouri and her doctoral degree from Kansas State University.

Madeleine Burkindine, current superintendent of the Kansas Schools for the Deaf and Blind, will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The Kansas State Board of Education is conducting a search to hire a new superintendent to oversee both schools.

Today’s meeting will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the Kansas State School for the Deaf, 450 E. Park St. in Olathe, and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Kansas State School for the Blind, 1100 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

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