With a smile on his face and his hand outstretched, new Wichita school superintendent John Allison meets and greets staff members.
The district hosted a reception for Allison Wednesday evening. Everyone from secretaries, to teachers and principals stood in line for a chance to shake the hand of the new boss.
"I can't imagine coming here and having to meet dozens and dozens - hundreds of people," said Irving Elementary Principal Larry Perlman. "I know he's had a long day. I'm sure he's going to be glad when this day is over," said Perlman laughing.
Allison admits he won't remember every name and face right away.
"No way," he chuckled. "They've been telling me the quiz at the end will be pass/fail so I'm hoping that doesn't mean I have to pass to be able to come back in July."
Allison officially starts in Wichita in July. For now, he's finishing up work as superintendent of Mt. Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania. Allison comes from a small, affluent district to the largest school district in Kansas where the majority of students live in poverty.