• Summer 2023

    Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

    I hope this letter finds you well and filled with the same excitement and anticipation that I feel as I take on the role of Superintendent of the Harrisonville School District. It is an honor to serve such a dedicated community, and I am thrilled to share my vision for the district's future.

    Harrisonville is undeniably a remarkable place to live, and our exceptional school system is at the heart of what makes our community thrive. As we embark on this new chapter together, I envision a district where the school, families, and community work in harmony to support student success and foster a continued sense of pride.

    Student Success and Real-World Learning lie at the core of our educational mission. We are committed to equipping our students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to thrive in an ever-changing world. By providing innovative and engaging learning opportunities, we will empower our students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and lifelong learners.

    Strategic Growth is another key aspect of our vision. As word spreads about the exceptional education provided by our district, more families will be drawn to our community. We embrace this growth and the opportunities it presents. Through careful planning, collaboration with community stakeholders, and investments in our infrastructure, we will ensure that our district continues to flourish while maintaining the high standards that define us.  Our careful planning will continue in the spring as we start our strategic planning process to outline our district goals for the next 4-6 years.  This process will involve all members of our community and school district.  Together we will plan for our future while honoring our past success.

    Community Engagement and Involvement are essential to our success. I have been actively engaged since the board approved my contract, meeting with dedicated staff members, talking with administrators, and participating in a productive board retreat. These interactions have provided valuable insights into the strengths within our district. I am committed to fostering open lines of communication, encouraging active involvement from families and community members, and creating meaningful partnerships that enhance the educational experience of our students.

    Lastly, Wildcat Pride and Culture are vital elements of our district's identity. Our strong sense of community and shared values are what set us apart. As we move forward, I aim to celebrate and build upon this unique culture by fostering a climate of collaboration and respect. Together, we will create an environment where every student feels supported, valued, and empowered to reach their full potential.

    I am incredibly grateful for the warm welcome I have received thus far, and I am inspired by the dedication and commitment I have witnessed in our staff, administrators, and community members. Building on these foundations, we will strive for excellence and pursue continuous improvement.

    I am excited about the future of the Harrisonville School District and the opportunities that lie ahead. Together, we will nurture a community where every student can thrive, and our district will continue to be a beacon of educational excellence.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and I look forward to working alongside each of you to achieve our shared vision.


    Josh Chastain, Ed.D.
    Superintendent, Harrisonville Schools