The USD 418 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Mr. Jason McAfee as Assistant Superintendent. He’ll begin work July 1 alongside new superintendent Dr. Shiloh Vincent, who currently fills the role.
“Considering the plans our district has for the future, Mr. McAfee was the clear choice,” said Vincent. “He’s known for being a strong collaborator with teachers and parents, and we can benefit greatly from his experience in Career and Technical Education and social-emotional learning. He also has leadership experience with facility upgrades and bond projects.”
Mr. McAfee has served as Principal at Independence (KS) High School since 2017. Under McAfee’s leadership, Independence High School was recognized as a Top 20 High School in Kansas by US News and World Report for 2019.
His previous administrative experience includes a variety of roles in USD 480 Liberal from 2008 through 2017, including middle school assistant principal/athletic director, elementary principal, assistant high school principal, and director of human resources and public relations.
“Together with the staff in Independence, we improved attendance, graduation rates, and overall success and effective rates through efforts like expanding Career and Technical Education, social-emotional learning, and Advanced Placement,” McAfee said. “I’m excited to work with McPherson’s great team of educators to apply these kinds of innovative ideas as part of the 5-year vision developed by the board of education and district leadership team.”
McAfee is no stranger to the McPherson community, as his in-laws Dr. Boyd and Sharon Walker live in the district. McAfee and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children who will be attending McPherson Public Schools in the Fall: Esme will be in seventh grade, Jack will be in fifth grade, and Lucy will be in third grade.
“Not only do I get to be part of the tradition of excellence that exists in McPherson, but my children will directly benefit from the outstanding educational experiences that McPherson Public Schools provide,” he said.