Folks has been superintendent at Clay County Schools, based in Clay Center, since July 1, 2005. Clay County Schools has high schools in Clay Center and Wakefield in north-central Kansas. Before that, he was superintendent at Central Heights USD 288 in Richmond, Kansas.
He received a master’s from Pittsburg State University in educational leadership and administration in 2000 and a master’s in higher education/high education administration from Fort Hays State University in 1997.
As with the other three finalists, Folks will tour the district and meet with various district groups. There will be a staff and community reception for Folks from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.
The board will then meet with the finalist in an executive session at 5:45 p.m. at the Administration Center.
The other three finalists are current Haven superintendent Clark Wedel; Moundridge superintendent George Leary; and Cheney superintendent David Grover.