Derby Public Schools Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Craig Wilford, has announced his plans for retirement effective June 30th, 2017.
“It has been a privilege to serve in this district for over 20 years and to see the amazing things that have happened over that time frame,” Wilford said. “As with leaving any position it is never the job that is difficult to leave but the people. I have had the privilege of working with so many great individuals in the district and to observe people who truly care about their profession, the children they serve, and the desire to make life better for everyone they come in contact with. One could not ask for more.”
Wilford is currently serving his 40th year in public education and his 26th with Derby Public Schools. During Wilford’s time in Derby, he has served as Assistant Principal at Derby Middle School, the Sixth Grade Center Principal, Director of Community and Student Services, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and currently in his 11th year as Superintendent of Schools.
“I feel fortunate to have spent so many years of my career in education serving the students, staff and community of the Derby School District,” Wilford said. “The countless success stories of our students make every moment worth it. This family is strong, and I’m happy to have been a part of it.”
Prior to working for Derby, Wilford worked as a secondary physical education teacher in Bennett, Iowa as well as in Goodland, Kansas. He moved into an assistant principal position for three years in Goodland before taking a principal job in Garden Plain, Kansas for two years. Wilford has his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and Master’s Degree from Fort Hays State University.
Wilford currently does not have specific plans post retirement; however he would like to stay engaged in supporting public education.
“It is one of the true unique opportunities that we provide in our country that is not replicated any place in the world, Wilford said. “For that we should be very proud to be part of such a valuable profession.”