Board Member Profiles

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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KASB School Board Member Profile: Nancy Keith, Atchison County USD 377

Nancy Keith Atchison County USD 377 How long have you been a school board member? Four years. Why did you decide to become a board member? Both of my parents were teachers, and my mother and paternal grandfather were school board members.Teaching and love of community are in my blood. After working on failed bond issues, I decided that another approach was needed. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My Grandfather, he was educated and managed six lumberyards, but made his customers and community members feel welcome and needed regardless of their education or...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Doug Epp, Emporia USD 253

Doug Epp Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? Starting my sixth year. Why did you decide to become a board member? I had been sensing that I needed to get involved in government at the community level and when I was asked to run I accepted. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My father, Allen Epp, was a wonderful mentor and he has guided a lot of my decision making. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Clarence Howland was my ninth-grade science teacher and later my chemistry teacher....

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Tonya Seller Bell, Neodesha USD 461

Tonya Seller Bell Neodesha USD 461 How long have you been a school board member? I was first elected in 2007. Why did you decide to become a board member? I am a proud product of Neodesha schools and wanted to contribute to the school district that provided me with so many wonderful opportunities growing up in a small rural community. Now, over 11 years later, I am still just as passionate about ensuring the children in my district, and across the state, receive the best educations and opportunities we can provide. What do you do outside of being a board member? I...

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