- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The former chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce will serve as the leader of a new Kansas commission established to find efficiencies within the state’s public school system.

The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission elected Sam Williams as its chairman during its first meeting Friday. Williams is a retired partner in the Sullivan Higdon and Sink advertising and marketing firm.

The commission also named Superintendent Jim Hinson of the Shawnee Mission district in Johnson County as its vice chairman.

Williams said he begins as chairman without a personal belief on whether schools are over or underfunded and added that the panel will need to examine schools’ results along with potential financial efficiencies.

The commission was created by a law enacted earlier this year.

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