LFT Class of 2018 completes program

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org

Twenty-six education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.  

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 were chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement. 

A combination of site visits, group reflection and collaboration projects were used during the four sessions. The goal is to give the participants time to explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement.  

The class visited McPherson USD 418 and Twin Valley USD 240 in March, Hugoton USD 210 and Liberal USD 480 in May and Wichita USD 259 and Wellington USD 353 in September. 

Many of the districts visited are part of the Kansas Department of Education’s Mercury 7 school redesign initiative. 

During its July 2019 session hosted by Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, the Leadership class observed a joint active violence training partnership between Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, the Riley County Police Department, Riley County Emergency Services, Kansas State University Police Department and other law enforcement partners. 

The final session for this year’s class took place November 29-December 2 during the KASB Annual Conference in Overland Park. 

The group met for a half-day to first reflect on the programs they observed through this school visits and presentation from the year and identify how the redesign programs in each district. The class then worked in groups to review data from their respective districts and frame messages for both internal and external stakeholders regarding the need for redesign and change.  

Class members then joined KASB Annual Conference early bird sessions on Friday and the KASB Annual Conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Class members were recognized during the second general session on Saturday for their participation and completion of the program. 

2018 KASB Leadership for Tomorrow Graduates

  1. Tonya Bell, Neodesha USD 461, Board of Education
  2. Doug Berryman, Augusta USD 402, Board of Education
  3. Quentin, Breese, Concordia USD 333, Superintendent
  4. Dr. Julie Cannizzo, Goddard USD 265, Assistant Superintendent
  5. Paige Crum, Haysville USD 261, Board of Education
  6. Bill Day, Lyons USD 405, Superintendent
  7. Dr. Scott Friesen, Inman USD 448, Superintendent
  8. Susan Grey, Valley Falls USD 338, Principal – Pre-K through High School
  9. Julie Hedrick, Wichita USD 259, Board of Education
  10. Tony Helfrich, Pratt USD 382, Principal-Liberty Middle School
  11. Jason Herman, Olathe USD 233, Principal – Olathe North High School
  12. Kristina Lemman, Colby USD 315, Board of Education
  13. Cathy Macfarlane, Paola USD 368, Board of Education
  14. Bryce Matteson, Haven USD 312, Board of Education
  15. Jim McMullen, Olathe USD 233, Executive Director General Administration
  16. Brett Nelson, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Principal Marlatt Elementary School
  17. Dr. Steve Noble, Seaman USD 345, Superintendent
  18. Denise O’Dea, Washington Co USD 108, Superintendent
  19. Dr. Leticia Porter, Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204, Director of Elementary Education/HR
  20. Shanna Rector, Salina USD 305, Executive Director Administrative/Student Services
  21. Ron Rosales, Wichita USD 259, Board of Education
  22. Jamie Rumford, Scott Co USD 466, Superintendent
  23. Joan Simoneau, Burrton USD 369, Superintendent
  24. Angie Stallbaumer, KASB Lead Attorney/Policy Specialist
  25. Clark Wedel, Haven USD 312 Superintendent
  26. Rachele Zade, De Soto USD 232, Board of Education

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