Message from New Superintendent Aron Dody
Dear USD 417 Friends and Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my family and myself, as I will assume the role of Superintendent of Schools in July upon Mr. Conwell's retirement at the end of June. My name is Aron Dody and I grew up not far from Council Grove in Cottonwood Falls. I attended Emporia State University where I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas. I spent 10 years teaching mathematics and coaching boys' basketball in USD 253 at Emporia High School, followed by 6 years serving as a building principal and 4 years as the Superintendent of Schools in North Lyon County, USD 251. The pride and joy of my life are my amazing wife, (Blythe), and our three children; Destiny (17), Cahaya (12), and Landon (11).
I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Morris County communities and the USD 417 family. I have been particularly impressed with the staff and patrons I have had the opportunity to meet. The outreach and hospitality I have already received from community members only exemplifies the family oriented values shared by those in Morris County Public Schools and the communities they serve! Once I arrive in July, I will be working on setting up opportunities to meet with students, families, staff, and community members to visit and better learn about the culture of USD 417. My door will always be open as I enjoy opportunities to visit, listen, and learn from others. Once July rolls around please feel free to stop in the district office, as I would love to meet you and say hi!
It is an exciting time in Kansas with the new vision the State Board of Education has established. We must continue to provide rigorous and engaging academic opportunities for our students, yet at the same time, we must not forget that the social and emotional component is equally important in preparing students to be successful when they graduate from USD 417.
While I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, I am excited for August to arrive and for the staff and students to return for an outstanding 2018-2019 school year. See you soon!