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I grew up in Northwest Kansas and attended school K-12 in Hill City.  I always enjoyed the time I spent at school and appreciated my teachers and coaches, who instilled in me a good work ethic and a desire to excel in my endeavors.  After I graduated high school, I enrolled in and attended Colby Community College for two years.  I actually started college thinking I would be an accountant, but after those first two years of college I knew that my true desire was to work in education.

After graduating from Colby, I transferred to Fort Hays State University and changed my major to Business Education.  Three years later, I graduated and started looking for my first job.  In the fall of 1994, I accepted my first teaching contract at Hillsboro High School.

I spent the next 12 years of my career working and living in the Hillsboro school district.  While at Hillsboro, I attended Emporia State University and earned my degree in Educational Administration.  I taught and coached for nine years and served the district as the middle school principal for the last three.

During my time in Hillsboro, I married my wife, Amy.  Our daughter Abby was born in 1999, and our son Easton in 2003.  My experience at Hillsboro was a good one.  I had the opportunity to work with many great teachers, administrators, coaches, and students who were instrumental in forming the skills and beliefs that guide me in my position today.

In the spring of 2006, I was offered and accepted the job of Ellis High School principal.  This move got us back into a growing Western Kansas community with a good school system that was closer to home for both my wife and me.  I served in this role for 13 years, and became a Jr./Sr. High School principal in 2014.

During my time in Ellis, I started taking my district level course work at FHSU.  In the Fall of 2016, I completed this program and received my initial Kansas Superintendent License.  In July of this year, our superintendent retired and I was given the opportunity to become the new Ellis USD 388 superintendent.  I am very excited to start this new role and continue to work with this great community and district.

As I begin my 15th year in the Ellis school district, I can proudly say my family and I are well-established in the Ellis community.  We have seen many exciting changes over this period of time.  In my new role, I look forward to working with the students, staff, and community of USD 388 to continue a tradition of excellent Ellis schools. 

email:cburton@usd388.com