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Dr. Todd White

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Dr. Todd White

Dr. Todd White is a skilled educational leader with more than 30 years of experience in education. White assumed the role of Blue Valley Schools Superintendent in the spring of 2016, making him the seventh superintendent in district history. He leads the district's strategic efforts for unprecedented academic success and unparalleled personal growth for every student. White describes his leadership style as team-centric and believes that student success lies in the immensely talented group of people who make up the Blue Valley Schools.


White earned a bachelor's degree from William Jewell College, a master's degree and educational specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri and a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri. He and his wife have three children and five grandchildren.

BLUE VALLEY ANNOUNCES SUPERINTENDENT SUCCESSION PLAN

Dr. Tonya Merrigan

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Dr. Tonya Merrigan

In February 2019, the Blue Valley Board of Education announced a superintendent succession plan. Dr. Tonya Merrigan, current Deputy Superintendent, will succeed Dr. White as superintendent on July 1, 2020. Dr. White will retire from his 35-year career in education after the 2019-20 school year.


The announcement represents the successful culmination of a succession planning process. Using the community-developed leadership profile, the Board of Education purposefully looked internally for ready talent, present leadership and someone who embraces the values the Blue Valley community expressed as most important.

Merrigan's resume covers a span of 30 years in education that began as a math teacher. Since joining Blue Valley in 1999 as a high school counselor, Merrigan has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including assistant principal, associate principal, district administrator for Virtual Education, director of Student Programs, executive director of Curriculum and Instruction, assistant superintendent of Academic Services and her current position of Deputy Superintendent.


White and Merrigan will spend the next 17 months transitioning through the leadership change.

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Toddcast² : The Superintendent's Podcast

  • Toddcast² , Episode 5: The Blue Valley Father's Club

    by Dr. Todd White Length: 32:23

    We have a special third episode in our series on mental health. In this podcast, Superintendent Dr. Todd White is invited to join the BV Father’s Club as they discuss how to promote mental health awareness in our schools and the community. We’ll hear from club co-founder Brad Holdhusen and Netsmart COO Tom Herzog, along with Blue Valley High students Lauren Huck and Colin Wood.

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  • Toddcast² , Episode 4: A Student Perspective on Mental Health

    by Dr. Todd White Length: 22:21

    "Open the dialogue - not just in school, but with families too. It's important that moms and dads have the same discussion with their kids (about mental health.) It needs to be open to where kids can tell their families what's wrong." - Rory Swenson, student at Blue Valley North. 

    Our fourth episode of Toddcast² continues the conversation on mental health and suicide prevention. Our guest Rory Swenson, a junior at Blue Valley North High School, talks with host Dr. Todd White, Blue Valley Schools Superintendent, about the importance of productive dialogue when addressing mental health and teen suicide. We also discuss Rory's involvement in #ZeroReasonsWhy - a student-led campaign to prevent teen suicide and remove the stigma associated with mental health. 

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  • Toddcast² , Episode 3: A Conversation On Mental Health And Teen Suicide

    by Dr. Todd White Length: 26:39

    “The worst thing we can do is not talk about it. When we do funerals at the church when there’s a suicide, I always ask the parents ‘Would you please let me talk about this? Can we be honest with the kids? You’re going to have a thousand kids at this funeral and I promise you there’s 50 of them thinking about the same thing. If we don’t talk about it, they’re going to keep thinking about it. Help me make a case for them for why there is hope. Let’s bring something good out of this tragedy.’” - Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor at Church of the Resurrection 

    In our third episode of Toddcast², we speak into the conversation on mental health and suicide prevention. Our guest Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, talks with our host, Blue Valley Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd White, about the importance of productive dialogue when addressing mental health and teen suicide. We also discuss #ZeroReasonsWhy - a student-led campaign to prevent teen suicide and remove the stigma associated with mental health. 

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  • Toddcast² , Episode 2: Blended Learning At Work

    by Dr. Todd White Length: 19:50

    "We're trying to blend the old world and new world while making sure we don't lose that human piece of learning... the 'I'm still the teacher here to build relationships with my kids.'" - Diana Tate, ABM Principal. 

    In episode two of "Toddcast²", we continue our discussion on blended learning with Aubry Bend Middle School principal Diana Tate. Diana chats with Blue Valley Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd White about how blended learning looks in the classroom, as well as the advantages and obstacles of having a device for every student. 

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  • Toddcast² , Episode 1: Welcome to Blended Learning

    by Dr. Todd White Length: 22:39

    "Blended learning is not all about technology - it's all about learning and students. It's about using the tools when they're needed and putting the tools away when they're not needed." ​- Brad Moser, Director of Blended Learning 

     

    In our inaugural episode of Toddcast² , Superintendent Dr. Todd White chats with Brad Moser, our Director of Blended Learning. The conversation includes an explanation of blended learning, how it enhances the learning of our students and staff, and what we're doing to keep our students safe while they use these devices at school and at home. 

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