Jul 2, 2011 3:29 PM by James H Egbert

Former D-11 Superintendant, Dr. Kenneth Burnley dies

Dr. Kenneth Burnley, who was named National Superintendent of the Year when he was superintendent of School District 11 has died in Anchorage, Alaska. He was superintendent of Mat-Su Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska. Dr. Burnley died while recovering from knee replacement surgery earlier in the week.

Dr Burnley is locally known as the former Colorado Springs, School District 11 Superintendent from 1987 to 2000. During his tenure with D-11, Dr Burnely received excellent rating each year for his performance and left the school district performing at 84th percentile.

During his administration, Burnley saw the school district be identified as one of the top 17 performing school districts in the country; built 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school; renovated all other schools; passed bond program and passed a $60 million bond adding to a previous bond of $120 million and then implemented a $180 million bond program to building new schools, upgrade existing schools and technology infrastructure; completed the program on time and on budget.

On a lighter note many students during Dr Burnley's tenure remember him as the Superintendent that did not believe in snow days. Dr Burnley had come to Colorado from Fairbanks Alaksa.



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