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Setting priorities tops agenda for Dr. Aytes, board

Dr. Mike Aytes, appointed to serve as Richmond’s new superintendent in August, said he’s pleased by the district’s strides in modernizing technology. Preparing students for new Common Core stands and improving test scores are high on his agenda for 2014-15. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Dr. Mike Aytes, appointed to serve as Richmond’s new superintendent in August, said he’s pleased by the district’s strides in modernizing technology. Preparing students for new Common Core stands and improving test scores are high on his agenda for 2014-15. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

In August, it’ll be a year since Dr. Mike Aytes shared his first impressions of his new employer, Richmond Public Schools.

Aytes, hired then as assistant superintendent responsible for curriculum, teaching and technology, said he was inspired by what he’d seen so far, both in his fellow administrators and the school board.

Eight months later – and recently appointed to begin a three-year stint in August as the district’s next superintendent – his enthusiasm hasn’t waned.

“I’m excited,” he said in a discussion of his goals for the school district. “I just think this is a really good time to be in this district.”

A former coach, principal and administrator during a 30-year career in Kansas, Aytes said he enjoys a good working relationship with board members, none of whom drew challengers in April’s election.

“I believe every one of them is on there for the right reasons,” he said.

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