TOPEKA — Jim McNiece, of Wichita, chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, will receive a top honor from the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD).
McNiece, who joined the State Board in 2013 and was named chairman in 2015, is being honored with the 2016 KAHPERD President’s Award.
The award is designed to honor an individual, organization or institution in Kansas that is making an outstanding contribution toward improving the quality of life for Kansans in one of the areas of health, physical education, recreation or dance professions. The awardee has to be someone outside of the KAHPERD organization.
McNiece will receive the award in Hays at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Unrein Building, 1344 Fairground Road, in Hays. The award ceremony is a part of the annual KAHPERD Convention Banquet, which is taking place Nov. 2-4 in Hays.
McNiece, who serves as chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Education, earned his master’s degree in secondary school administration, as well as an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction, from Fort Hays State University. He has more than 39 years of experience as a teacher, coach and principal in Kansas. He is a former Principal of the Year and a recipient of the Excellence in Public Service Award. He and his wife, Christina, have two grown children.
KAHPERD is one of the oldest professional organizations in Kansas. The mission of the organization is to promote and advocate for healthy, active Kansans. For more information on the organization, visit www.kahperd.org.
For more information on the State Board or McNiece, visit http://www.ksde.org/Board.
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