About Blane

Dr. Blane McCann 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 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.

Dr. McCann and his wife Marie have five children.