Todd-White.jpgThe excitement in the air is undeniable in Blue Valley. Dr. Todd White has been named the next superintendent of Blue Valley Schools. The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of White at a special board meeting on Feb. 16.​

​Dr. White's experience in educational leadership spans three decades and includes a combined 13 years as a superintendent for the Harrisonville School District (2,500 students) and North Kansas City School District (19,500 students). White has a proven track-record. Under his leadership, rapid improvements in student achievement and graduation rates earned him the Missouri Superintend​ent of the Year (MIPA) in 2015 and Outstanding Superintendent in 2013 from the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA). His reputation for success also earned him accolades from the community. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard Noll Award of Excellence in Government Service by Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. for his understanding that strong neighborhoods build strong schools. White was also named the 2015 Missouri Interscholastic Press Association Administrator of the Year for providing outstanding service to journalism.

White has three children and three grandchildren and will be the seventh superintendent in Blue Valley's 50-year history when he assumes the role March 1. He and his family look forward to immersing themselves in the Blue Valley community and a culture of excellence rooted in the district's rich history of success.

The Board worked with search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, to facilitate the national search process that included input from more than 1,100 students, parents, staff and community members. From this input, the Board began its search for a leader who shared the community's values and goals. According to Board of Education President Mike Seitz, no one was a better fit to lead Blue Valley Schools to the next level of achievement than Dr. White.​​



Hanna.jpgIn June 2015 the Blue Valley Board of Education appointed Dr. Al Hanna as the interim superintendent. Hanna is no stranger to Blue Valley Schools having a career that spans three decades in the district. Hanna came to Blue Valley from the neighboring Shawnee Mission School District in 1982, excited to be a part of a growing rural community. Prior to his interim superintendent appointment, he has held the title of band director, planning coordinator, director of personnel, and assistant and deputy superintendent. His wealth of experience, history with the district and track record of successful leadership will serve Blue Valley well during this transition period. Hanna plans to retire after a new superintendent is identified and takes office.

Dr. Hanna earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska in 1971 and then completed his master's degree in music education in 1975. He later earned his education doctorate in 1988. His civic involvement includes Leadership Overland Park and chairing its Education Day for 11 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and was a member of Overland Park and Leawood Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs committees. Hanna and his wife Reca have been married for 45 years and have two children, both graduates of Blue Valley High, and four grandchildren.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​