Ellis High School Principal Corey Burton, still recovering from an October bone marrow transplant, posted a video to the Ellis High School Facebook page Wednesday in lieu of a meet and greet event as part of his interview for school district superintendent.
In the four-minute video, Burton apologizes for not being able to meet with the public and explains that because his immune system is still reduced, he is unable to meet with large groups of people at this time. In an email, he explained the Ellis USD 388 school board agreed the video would be the best and safest way for him to present basic information about himself to the public.
Burton encourage anyone with questions to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-726-1502.
Burton is the second candidate to interview this week for USD 388 superintendent.
In the video, the Hill City native outlines his education and career, from a bachelor’s degree in business education and computers at Fort Hays State University and a 2001 master’s in school administration from Emporia State University. He completed district leadership coursework at FHSU in 2017.
His first teaching job was in Hillsboro, where taught business and computer classes and coached for nine years before becoming middle school principal for three years.
“In 2006, I was offered the opportunity to move back to my roots here in western Kansas by accepting the Ellis High School principal position,” he said.
“My family and I feel truly blessed to be part of the Ellis community and school system,” he said, and highlighted the district’s positive aspects.
“As with any district we will face some challenges,” he said, citing recruiting staff and continuing programs and facilities with a tight budget.
“As superintendent, I look forward to working with the board, staff, students, parents and the rest of the community to help solve these challenges, as I believe it will take a team effort to work through these complex issues,” he said.