We are pleased to announce that at the Feb. 12, 2024 Board of Education meeting, the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Michael Schumacher as the next superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District. Currently, Dr. Schumacher serves as Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.
Board President Dr. Mary Sinclair issued the following statement on behalf of the Board:
“Dr. Schumacher’s vision for the district is truly inspiring. The clarity with which he identifies our next steps in support of our mission gives me confidence in our bright future as a district. Our community gave us important feedback about what they were seeking in a Superintendent and we found those qualities in Dr. Schumacher. We know he will lead with great integrity and we are fortunate to have him begin this work.”
Dr. Schumacher is in his 9th year with the district, where he has served as the assistant director of curriculum and instruction, executive director of secondary human resources, and associate superintendent of human resources. Previously, he has served as a principal and assistant principal in the Piper, Turner and Blue Valley School Districts, and at Bishop Miege High School. He began his career as a high school science teacher.
“Thank you to Dr. Sinclair and the entire SMSD Board of Education for this incredible honor and responsibility,” Dr. Schumacher said. “I recognize the importance of the role that you selected me for and the trust you have shown in me, and I do not take it lightly. I believe deeply that public education is the great equalizer in this country and the Shawnee Mission School District is a shining example of the unlimited possibilities that exist when great people work together to serve the needs of students.”
“It will be my focus every day,” Dr. Schumacher noted, “to work for and fight for what our students need to succeed in the classroom, and to ensure that our community has the finest public school system in the state, the region and the country.
Dr. Schumacher will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard, who announced her retirement last month. Dr. Hubbard is in her third year as superintendent. Dr. Schumacher will assume the superintendency in July, 2024. Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Schumacher will work closely together through the remainder of this school year in preparation for the transition and to ensure stable, on-going implementation of the strategic plan.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Schumacher to his new role!