Dr. Fred Dierksen's tenure as superintendent of Dodge City Public Schools began in July 2017.
Dr. Dierksen obtained his post-secondary education from Sterling College, Fort Hays State University, and received his Doctorate of Educational Administration from Wichita State University. His first teaching position was in Jetmore, Kansas, where he was quickly promoted to Principal, later to Principal of Sterling Grade School, where he transitioned to Superintendent of Sterling Public Schools. While in Sterling, Kansas, he expanded programs and grant funding to support ongoing learning for pre-K students through K-12.
As an active community member, Dr. Dierksen has served on numerous boards and advisory councils. Most recently, serving on the Governor's Council of Education, and as chair-elect for the Council of Superintendents for Kansas State Department of Education. He has received many honors, including SCKMEA Administrator of the Year, 2015.
Relationships and connections are vital to Dr. Dierksen. He believes that "Every Encounter Is Important," and that is how he rates the success of each day. His leadership focus is on literacy proficiency for all students.
Dr. Dierksen and his wife Susan, have five grown children. They enjoy traveling, skiing, and cruising in their 1959 Fiat.
2019 – 2020 School Year Welcome
I welcome each of you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. My name is Dr. Fred Dierksen, I am your superintendent, and I truly consider it an honor to serve as the district leader for Dodge City Public Schools and the community of Dodge City. My career spans over 38 years in public education, but more than anything I want you to know that I care about kids.
Several items make this an exciting time for Dodge City Public Schools. Completion of construction, concentrated resources for improved instruction, and dedication to safety and security will guide our decisions.
First, the construction is all but finished across the district. The new space provides additional classrooms, storm-safe shelters, added room for growing enrollment, and instructional features unavailable to us before. We have improved loading zones to ensure safety for our students, buses, and parents. We have updated playgrounds and recreation areas. Indeed, the bond issue has created a top-notch learning environment.
Second, our district has emphasized student academic needs, which includes consistent and supported instruction at all levels and in every building. Our efforts will continue with a new English language arts selection that will support second language learners; affecting the majority of our students. We believe that READING is critical. In all grade levels and all buildings, you will see concentrated efforts on literacy. Together we can elevate the achievement of our students. It will take time to show real results, but the gains will be worth the effort.
Finally, the commitment to safety and security includes a director to lead this department. Our decision exemplifies the support and attention given to all aspects including controlled access, maintaining locked facilities, monitoring with additional cameras and security methods, and most importantly, eliminating drugs, tobacco, and alcohol from our campuses.
I want to visit with each one of you and share the care and leadership I envision to provide for all students in Dodge City Public Schools. Please feel free to contact me.
Looking forward to a great school year! #EEII
Central Administration Building
1000 N 2nd Ave, Room 108
Dodge City, KS 67801-4415
PO Box 460
Dodge City, KS 67801-0460
Telephone: (620) 371-1070
Email: Dr. Fred Dieksen
Secretary to the Superintendent
Dr. Scott Springston, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum
Tami Knedler, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Matt Turner, Director of Secondary Education/Alt Ed Principal
Dr. Ramona Nance, Executive Director of Human Resources
Ray Wipf, Executive Director of Management Information Services