Cordley School Principal Janet Broers, who has been recommended as principal of Sunflower School, says she'll consider Cordley's needs in deciding which Cordley staff to take with her.
Janet Broers, the principal at Cordley School, has been recommended as principal for the new Sunflower School.
Lawrence School Supt. Al Azinger announced Broers' selection Wednesday. The Lawrence school board must give final approval to the appointment.
District administrators considered only candidates from within the district to head the new school, which will open in August in southwest Lawrence.
"We had several internal applicants, all of which were strong," Azinger said. "Janet has done an outstanding job at Cordley, and she is looking forward to this opportunity to shape educational programs in a brand new school.
"We're excited about the prospects of her being there and are confident that she'll do a good job."
Broers, 56, has been principal at Cordley since 1986.
"I think one of the things that's been the greatest about Cordley is the caring atmosphere, the teamwork I've seen here between teachers and parents," Broers said. "They're all working together to help the students."
Although Sunflower won't open until August, Broers soon will begin some new duties, such as putting together a staff for Sunflower. She said she may take some Cordley staff members with her.
At the same time, she said, "I certainly don't want to disrupt Cordley and the direction they're headed because they have a good team. People can rest assured that we're going to keep things going so Cordley can move ahead."
Bill Wilson, the district's director of human resources, said that when Quail Run School opened in 1988, teachers from within and outside the district were hired. Wilson said he expected a similar procedure this year, although he wasn't sure what the exact mix would be.
"I want to find out what she (Broers) wants to do," Wilson said.
Before joining USD 497, Broers was director of special education for the Doniphan County Educational Cooperative, a learning disabilities resource teacher for the Blue Valley school district, and a learning disabilities teacher and a home economics teacher in the Shawnee Mission school district.
Broers earned her bachelor's degree from Kansas State University. She earned her master's degree from Kansas University and her doctorate from Kansas State.