Teran Retires After 10 Years at Grandview
By Joe Sturgess
Grandview School District’s Dr. Ralph Teran is retiring Thursday, June 30, after serving ten years as the district’s superintendent.
Teran was born in Havana, Cuba, during the 1950s. He came to Miami, FL, in March 1962 and his parents left Cuba in July 1963. After a few months in Florida, a church sponsored the family to settle in Wichita, KS. Teran attended Wichita Public Schools, graduated from high school and earned his bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees from Wichita State University.
Teran began his educational career with the Wichita Public Schools as a speech therapist and went on to become a principal and assistant superintendent.
In 2006, the Grandview School Board selected Teran to take the district’s helm. His tenure, along with his predecessor’s, Dr. John Martin, spanned 20 years. “The stability of only two superintendents on 20 years is good for the district,” he says. “I feel this is a tribute to the board’s ability to be grounded in the district’s educational traditions while being ready to act on the district’s challenges of the present and future.”
Teran formed a cadre of faculty and staff composed of people who were well informed about educational issues and were eager to share their opinions. This group worked together to bring the district into compliance with state and federal mandates (Missouri School Improvement Process, No Child Left Behind) that affected both students and staff. In four years they did the same in meeting Missouri Department of Education’s 13/14 targeted areas for student achievement in 2012, and an Annual Performance Review Score of 93.6 percent in 2013.
During Dr. Teran’s leadership, the district passed three bond issues totaling over 20 million dollars that upgraded the system’s infrastructure and expanded their athletic facilities.
with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives recognizing his work on behalf of Missouri children and a memory book of his time and accomplishments as superintendent.
“Grandview is interesting in that it has many of the elements of a rural, suburban and urban school district,” he says. “It is a great fit for a wide variety of young people wanting an excellent educational experience.”
With his retirement he leaves the 4,200 students of Grandview Public Schools with a legacy of sound leadership and optimism for the future. We wish Dr. Teran and family “God Speed” and “Good Luck” on his future endeavors.
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