SBR President’s Perspective: Cherishing my year as presidentAndrea Hartzell
by Dayna Miller
Basehor-Linwood USD 458
KASB has celebrated 100 years of service throughout this year. What an amazing year to be President of KASB. As my term comes to an end, I will cherish the moments when I worked with past KASB Board Presidents to help celebrate this milestone.
I enjoyed learning more about the history of education in Kansas and how school boards and KASB have been instrumental. I enjoyed visiting with past board members and Presidents and hearing their stories of struggle and accomplishments along the way.
We hosted a Western Regional meeting where school board members and staff from nine states met in Kansas City. We discussed what we do right in our state with regard to education, we had ideas to take back to our own state and district. But, more important, I made connections with people, advocates and leaders of education from across the country. I believe that makes us better advocates for Kansas schools.
We continue to weather the storm of politics and finance in our state. KASB, as former KASB President Amy Martin said, is the “truth machine.” I’m proud to be a part of an organization that shares the truth, even when it is hard to hear, with regard to all things education. We are led by a staff that truly loves what they do and are vested in the success of all students reaching their full potential. I am privileged to have been a party to their efforts.
While I’m speaking of milestones at KASB, Mark Tallman has had a few. He is now on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. He is posting Facebook Live and YouTube interviews. That is what I love about KASB, they push us to grow and work outside of your comfort zone!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the rest of the staff who always have their information checked, cross checked and checked again. They are the gold standard when it comes to advocacy and truthful information! I have been surrounded by people this year whom I now call friends. I’ve been pushed to do things I never thought I could. I’ve had opportunities to sit with the governor, presidents and executive directors of other organizations in the state, meet with legislative leadership and feel the passion and commitment to our students from each. I appreciate the opportunities KASB has provided me this year.
KASB will now be led by Patrick Woods, president, and Shannon Kimball, president-elect. I’m confident their wisdom, experience and passion for education will serve us well.