April 21, 2017: Shawnee Mission, Kansas, School District Superintendent Jim Hinson on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, announced that he plans to retire on June 30, 2017. “After 34 years in public education, with 28 of those serving as an administrator, I’ve decided to retire effective June 30, 2017,” Hinson said in a statement. “This decision will allow me to spend more time with my family, and pursue other lifelong goals.” Hinson is 54. Hinson arrived at Shawnee Mission in 2013 after the retirement of Gene Johnson. Before he arrived at Shawnee Mission, Hinson was the Superintendent of the Independence School District since 2002. He also worked as the Superintendent in smaller districts in Granby and Greenfield, Missouri. Hinson started working in education as a classroom teacher in Carthage, Missouri.