The Oracle Elementary School District’s incoming superintendent, Todd Kissick, took the opportunity recently to speak with The Explorer.
Kissick, a Salina, Kan., native, assumes his post with the school system in July. For three years he has been head of the 170-student Seligman School District in Northern Arizona.
The 44-year-old received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
Later, he spent several years as a teacher and principal at schools in his home state of Kansas.
Before moving to Arizona, Kissick was superintendent of a kindergarten-through-12th-grade school district in Kansas.
Kissick and his wife of 18 years, Leila, have a 6-year-old daughter named Tessa.
What attracted you to Oracle?
It was an opportunity to be a part of a larger district. We also wanted to be in a place closer to a larger community.
How have you been received during your visits to Oracle?
I’m very excited about coming. All the people were very warm and welcoming.
The district has suffered some internal problems in the past, mostly stemming from disputes between the board and administration. Does the history of feuding worry you?
I’m aware of the problems, but nothing there seems so horrible that we can’t get past them.
What are your plans for the district?
I want to be open and listen to people. They’re doing a lot of things right and I don’t want to mess those things up. As far as any mass-sweeping changes, I don’t have anything planned.