Board Member Profiles

Profile: Pam Dankenbring is Region 4 representative

Pam Dankenbring Marysville USD 364 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served on the USD 364 School Board for two years and have filled the position of president for six months. I serve as our governmental relations person and on the finance and negotiations committees. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am a district administrator for Kansas Farm Bureau, the largest grassroots agricultural advocacy organization in the state. In that position, I serve as a direct liaison to the 10 county...

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Profile: Joe Beveridge is Region 15 representative

Joe Beveridge Olathe USD 233 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? As of January 2020, I am starting my second four-year term on the Olathe School Board. I have been serving as vice president since July of 2019. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved from Chicago, Illinois to Olathe, Kansas, and one of the main reasons was our admiration for the school district. I ran for school board as someone who felt the district did so many things well and I...

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February issue of School Board Review is available

Programs for struggling students and funding those programs is the focus of the February issue of School Board Review, which is now available online and will be mailed shortly to school board members and school officials throughout Kansas. Here’s a link to the February issue. At-risk funding has come under scrutiny in the Legislature this session after release of an audit that questioned how funds were being used. State education officials have said the audit failed to grasp the many ways teachers use different strategies to help at-risk students. KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about this complicated issue in his column...

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October issue of KASB School Board Review is available

Articles on education equity, the effect of social media on our students, the school bond environment, KASB’s upcoming annual conference and more are featured in the October issue of School Board Review, which is available online here. This month’s publication includes the final installment of KASB Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s analysis of equity in student success. KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about how young people today face challenges their parents didn’t — namely that their exploits are recorded forever in the digital world. KASB’s Rob Gilligan, government relations specialist, analyzes opportunities to reinvest in school...

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Profile: KASB’s new Region 5 board member TinaRae Scott

TinaRae Scott Morris County USD 417 TinaRae Scott was interested in politics and governance from a young age and remembers as a sixth-grader traveling to Manhattan to a political event featuring President Ronald Reagan. The crowds prevented her from seeing the president, but Scott saw U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and State Treasurer Joan Finney. Watching those two women in high levels of government made a big impression on Scott.   Now Scott, a member of the Morris County USD 417 board, takes over as the Region 5 representative on the KASB Board of Directors. She fills the unexpired term of Lori Blake,...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Warren Grable, Troy USD 429

Warren Grable Troy USD 429 How long have you been a school board member? I have served on the Board of Education for 36 years. Why did you decide to become a board member? There was talk in the 1980's of doing away with vocational programs. I have been a strong supporter of vocational programs for a very long time. At that time there was more supporters set on just college than vocational programs. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My grandfather. He was a person I really admired. He was an honest, caring...

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Holecek new KASB Region 7 vice president

Darin Holecek Ellsworth USD 527 Region 7 How long have you been a school board member? More than 10 years. Why did you decide to become a board member? I wanted to become more educated on how the school system operates, be involved in public service, and most importantly be involved in local youth and their opportunities for a successful future. What do you do outside of being a board member? For 22 years, employed with the Kansas Department of Corrections; Pheasants Forever (promoting youth and the outdoors); local USBC Bowling Association Manager; hunt; fish; sporting events; concerts; kids and family activities. What experience do...

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Cole new KASB Region 3 vice president

Kevin ColeLabette County USD 506KASB Region 3 Vice President How long have you been a school board member? Three years and two years as Vice President of USD 506. I also serve as a three-year board member and two-year Vice President of the SEK Interlocal. Why did you decide to become a board member? My wife, her mother and father are lifelong educators. I appreciated their commitment to impacting lives positively in their daily interactions. All educators change and mold the lives of the students they teach. Educators need advocates for the work they perform and I wanted to be a leader...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: William Cook, Erie-Galesburg USD 101

William Cook Erie-Galesburg USD 101 How long have you been a school board member? My total time as a board member is nine and a half years. However, the first four years were from 1987 to 1991. I was appointed in June 2013 to replace a board member leaving to become a teacher in our district.  Why did you decide to become a board member?In 1987, I chose to run for school board because I felt I could add a different perspective to the board as I had been a student when the district was formed in 1967 and currently had children...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Art Gutierrez, Emporia USD 253

Art Gutierrez Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? I am finishing up my first four-year term. Why did you decide to become a board member? I feel that as a member of this community that we all need to give back and this is one way I give back to my community. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My grandfather, Lupe P. Torres, was someone who I looked up to. He was always helping others and was there for our family whenever we needed him. Who was your favorite...

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