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Missouri Coordinators

Bob Bartman
Missouri EPFP Coordinator
Local Investment Commission
3100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 410-8402

Dr. Robert (Bob) Bartman, co-leads the Kansas City regional EPFP program based out of Local Investment Commission and in partnership with the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. In July 2014, Dr. Bartman retired after ten years of service as superintendent of the Center School District #58 in Kansas City.  Dr. Bartman was recently named a Pioneer in Education in 2014 for his commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.  Prior to becoming superintendent, he was Commissioner of Education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  

Dr. Bartman received his BA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He went on to complete his MA in Secondary Administration, a Specialist Certification in curriculum and Ed.D. all from UM-Columbia. 



Kenny Southwick

Executive Director
Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City

3444 Broadway, Suite 401
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 753-4516

Before beginning his most recent position as Deputy Superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District, Dr. Kenny Southwick spent a total of 34 years serving students in three Missouri school districts.  Maryville became home for Dr. Southwick after graduating from William Jewell College in 1976.  After working as a social studies teacher, counselor and coach of football and baseball, he moved back to his hometown of Excelsior Springs to teach and coach in the summer of 1979.  Coaching and counseling once again became his passion and in 1980 he became the head football coach of the Tigers.  In 1985, he moved to the Central Office to become the Director of Special Education. 

After a total of nine years in Excelsior Springs, an opportunity arose to go to Belton.  He spent 22 years in the central office of Belton School District.  In Belton, he served as Director of Special Education, Director of Secondary Curriculum, and 12 years as Superintendent.  Belton was a great place to work with tremendous support from staff, the Board of Education and the community. Always focusing on the “Strategic Vision” developed by key stakeholders, much was accomplished during his tenure.  With the passage of two major operating levies and four bond issues, the 10-year strategic vision for the District became reality.  He is most proud of the culture that was developed in the Belton School District and the belief that “we never give up on any student.” 

Dr. Southwick retired from the Belton School District in 2010.  Reflecting on his career in education at the time of his retirement, Dr. Southwick said, “I was blessed to have spent 34 years doing exactly what I wanted to do, with the people I most wanted to do it with.” 

Dr. Southwick has been spending time with Suzette, his wife of 40+ years.  Dr. Southwick and his wife Suzette have one son, Josh, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif.   They have recently been blessed with their first grandson, Hudson Marc.

In May 2014, Dr. Southwick returned to public education taking on the role of Deputy Superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District, which serves students living in 14 cities in northeast Johnson County, Kan.  July 1, 2017 he assumed the responsibilities of the Interim Superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District for the 2017-2018 school year.  A new superintendent was named in 2018 and he worked to successfully transition the leadership team. Dr. Southwick most recently retired on July 4th of this year.  After a short respite, he will assume the duties of the Executive Director of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City representing 33 regional school districts and more than 180,000 students.  

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