The Westside school district will be in the hunt for a new superintendent in the months ahead.

Blane McCann, who has led the district for the past six years, announced Tuesday that he is retiring in July 2019.

Board President Beth Morrissette credited McCann’s leadership for several improvements, including helping the district narrow its achievement gap through more personalized instruction.

The district also has passed two levy overrides and a $79.9 million bond issue during his tenure.

In his announcement, McCann also took note of efforts to boost staff engagement.

McCann, 60, came to Westside in 2012. He recently applied to lead the much larger Shawnee Mission, Kansas, School District, but that district tapped a Missouri superintendent as its next leader.

At Westside, McCann is paid $214,240, plus benefits.

Morrissette said the district has an existing succession plan that it will turn to as it formulates next steps.

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