GREENBUSH — Randy Corns will become the next executive director of The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Corns currently serves as chief operating officer for Greenbush and according to a release, the Greenbush board appointed Corns after accepting a letter from current executive director Mike Bodensteiner indicating his intent to retire at the end of the calendar year. Corns was Bodensteiner’s recommended successor.
“Randy’s knowledge of Greenbush, as well as his experience as a superintendent and former member of the Superintendent Advisory Council, will serve him well in the years to come,” Bodensteiner said in the release.
Corns, who lives with his family in Altoona, has degrees from Pittsburg State University and Fort Hays State University.
Education has always been on the forefront for Corns, who has been superintendent for Eureka and Erie School districts. He also served as an interim director for Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County.
“It [technical education centers] was always something believed in as superintendent,” Corns said. “Not all kids were four-year college bound, some need technical trades to make valuable strides towards having a productive life and providing for their families and being work ready.
“Having an opportunity to do that was great.”
Corns said his involvement with Greenbush goes back to when he worked as an assistant superintendent and superintendent.
He said Greenbush had provided services his district may couldn’t do with its funding. Greenbush also provided assistance with budgets, transportation and staff development.
Most importantly, he said, Greenbush gives children and teachers tools to be successful. This is the reason why the opportunity to become the Greenbush executive director was important to him.
“In the future, I hope to continue to provide and search for more opportunities for kids and what they might need to be successful, not only in school but later on in life in what they might decide to do,” Corns said.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.