Blane McCann, Ph.D.
Westside Community Schools
909 South 76th Street Omaha, NE 68114
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
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. 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 Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, the Kenosha School Administrators Association, the Kenosha County Easter Seals Board of Directors, Rotary International, the National Staff Development Council, the National Middle School Association, and Phi Delta Kappan. (In 2014, he was among 100 school leaders who attended the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit in Washington, D.C. He was among 10 school district leaders from across the country to complete the Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellowship, the first dedicated to personalized learning, in 2015.
Dr. McCann and his wife, Marie, have five children, Nick, Ted, Monica, Will, and Audrey.
At the meeting of the Board of Education held on May 9, 2016, the Board of Education approved a contract for Superintendent Blane McCann (PDF).