PITTSBURG — Pittsburg USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown announced his resignation Monday at the USD 250 board meeting.
Brown is set to retire on June 30, 2018 at the end of the school year — after nine years with the district.

Brown started his career in  education in Mound City as an elementary school teacher, where he taught for 11 years. He continued his career in education as a principal, the assistant superintendent. After being the superintendent for Frontenac USD 249 he then became superintendent for USD 250.

Brown said over the past few years he has been thinking about retiring.

Brown said he felt it was his time to move on, a point everyone gets to in their career, he added.

“I feel like it’s just time,” he said. “I feel like we have accomplished a lot and we have a lot going on here.

“I think it’s time for a new person to come in and help the district go further.”

He said it was hard to choose just one memorable moment over his nearly decade-long tenure at the district.

“One of my most proudest moments was getting Crawford County Technical Education Center up and going,” Brown said. “Another  one is passing our school bond issue last year.

“I’ve had so many great moments her in Pittsburg.”

Brown said he’s also proud of all of the programming and other opportunities for students in the district.

“I’ve been lucky just to be a part of that,” he said. “We have great people working here to make these things possible.”

According to a release, achievements and milestones include:
• Increased offerings of AP courses and college-concurrent courses, led development of the  Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education of Crawford County for all students in Crawford County.

• Worked with Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas to provide care van, full-time nurses, and mental health workers in all the schools of USD 250.

• Led USD 250 in developing a challenging and viable curriculum using research-based resources and instructional methods used in all buildings.

• Implemented individual intervention programs to assist all students to achieve at high levels

• Supported the advancement of 21st Century learning initiatives and the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards.

• Started the District's annual community cleanup, formed community partnerships between classrooms and local businesses.

• Led a $31 million bond to provide needed storm shelters and classroom space at all buildings in the district.

• Worked with the community to provide needed facilities for athletics and activities — including
baseball and softball complexes, track facility that is able to host track meets, a 10 court tennis complex with the ability to host large tournaments and the renovation of PHS Auditorium.

Brown said what he will miss the most is being around the students, staff and people of USD 250.

“That’s the thing I missed the most,” he said.

He also joked about missing the cat’s at the back door of the district building.

Brown said one of the first things he’s going to do — the evening of his last day — is go on an Alaskan cruise with his wife. From there, he said, he is uncertain what the future holds, but is leaving the door open for more opportunities.

“After that, I don’t really have any plans,” he said. “My wife and I joke about what jobs I can do or am willing to do,” he said. “But you never know, I might go back to being a superintendent or maybe start own business and do something totally different.

“I’m looking forward to what doors might be open in the future.”

USD 250 Board of Education President Marlene Willis said Brown put students first at the board meeting Monday.
“Destry has been a great asset to this community,” she said in a release. “He has propelled the district into being at the forefront of education in our state and has cared for every child’s education along the way. The Board wishes him and his family well in his retirement.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.