Wanting to be closer to family is why Superintendent Dr. Kevin Singer will be leaving Topeka Public Schools this summer. Dr. Singer has accepted a position in Pennsylvania with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, which serves school districts in five Pennsylvania counties. Singer became superintendent of Topeka Public Schools in July 2008, coming from the Manheim Township School District in Pennsylvania.
Singer said it was a tough decision. “My heart is here in Topeka Public Schools. This is the place where I grew up,” said Singer. He began his educational career as a teacher in Topeka. He graduated from Highland Park High School and Washburn University.
In a letter to the school district staff about his leaving, he praised those working for the schools and the achievements that have been made. He cited improved test scores, the rethinking approach to curriculum and the advancement of early childhood education. Singer also reflected on the partnerships formed between Topeka Public Schools and local universities, the Topeka Police Department, Heartland Visioning and the NOTO arts district. He talked about what has taken place and what could be taking place at the Kanza property, the old state hospital grounds that the school district purchased.
It is not known at this time Singer's last day with Topeka Public Schools.