Shannon Kimball, of Lawrence USD 497 school board, elected President-Elect-Designee of KASB

Shannon Kimball, president of the Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education, was elected Sunday as KASB President-Elect-Designee. 

Kimball faced no opposition and was elected unanimously at the KASB Delegate Assembly during the association’s annual convention in Wichita. 

“I will work to support and further KASB’s role as the voice of public education in Kansas. This voice continues to be desperately needed,” Kimball said “to counter the false narrative of failing public schools.” 

She said KASB must continue to be at the forefront of debates over school finance, tax revenue, quality teachers, and the Kansans Can vision of leading the world in the success of each student. 

Kimball, an attorney, grew up in western Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Kansas. She received her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School and has worked with public schools, first as an attorney in private practice, and then as an education specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. 

She and her husband, Jason, returned to Lawrence to raise their family of three children, all of whom attend Lawrence public schools. 

Kimball’s term as president of KASB will start July 1, 2019. KASB President Elect Patrick Woods, of Topeka USD 501, will serve as KASB President beginning July 1, 2018, taking over for current President Dayna Miller, of Basehor-Linwood USD 458. 

Kimball is a member of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County, and the Kansas, Georgia, and American bar associations. Her local service includes her children’s school PTO, work with the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and serving on the board of her neighborhood association. 

KASB is dedicated to serving school districts and improving student success. It is governed by a Board of Directors composed of school board members from throughout Kansas. 

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