Blane McCann, Ph.D.
Westside Community Schools
909 South 76th Street Omaha, NE 68114
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
At the meeting of the Board of Education held on July 17, 2017 the Board of Education approved a contract for Superintendent Blane McCann (PDF).
Dr. McCann became the superintendent for Westside Community Schools in 2012. He is a career educator. In 1981, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary social studies education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was also a member of the varsity baseball team. Upon obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Dr. McCann worked as a high school and middle school social studies teacher at school districts in Florida and Iowa, respectively. In 1983, Dr. McCann earned his Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
In 1987, Dr. McCann went to work as an administrator for the Kenosha Unified School District, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He served as an assistant principal and principal before transitioning to his role as Executive Director of K-8 Instruction. During his tenure as executive director, Dr. McCann supervised 24 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, the K-12 special education and guidance programs, along with several federal programs.
In 2000, he earned his Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2003, Dr. McCann became the Superintendent of the School District of Shorewood in Shorewood, Wisconsin (a Milwaukee suburb).
Dr. McCann has been involved in numerous professional organizations throughout his career, including the American Association of School Administrators, the National Staff Development Council, the National Middle School Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Nebraska Education Commissioner’s Advisory Board, Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska Council for Teacher Education, Nebraska Methodist College Board of Directors, Omaha Business Ethics Alliance, Greater Omaha Attendance & Learning Services (GOALS) Center and Omaha Community Partnership and the Wellness Council of the Midlands.
Dr. McCann and his wife Marie have five children and five grandchildren.