SBR President’s Perspective: It has been a great year

Amy Martin
Olathe USD 233 Board of Education
KASB President July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

One hundred years. That’s how long the Kansas Association of School Boards has been serving education leaders. And as my year as president comes to an end, it strikes me that I got the best one.

Granted, at the time I pen this we are two weeks into the veto session with no budget, no tax plan and no school funding formula.

But on May 16, as I rose with my fellow officers and board members to be recognized on the House and Senate floors for KASB’s 100th anniversary, it occurred to me that I am surrounded by excellence.

I stood shoulder to shoulder with selfless, thoughtful, caring and good-humored public servants as we looked out at a legislative body that included the friendly faces of many current and former educators and school board members. Up in the gallery we were cheered on by a supremely talented and professional staff that pours their hearts into making Kansas schools the best they can be.

KASB is seen as the respected leader on education issues in the state, and every day we provide critical services to our members. Conservative financial planning has kept us agile and strong, and we have a solid strategic plan for the future.

On the personal side, I have been surrounded by people I have come to call good friends, people who inspire me to bring my best self to this work, and who teach me something new every time we meet. I’ve been nudged outside my comfort zone and I’ve had the privilege of sitting at tables with people who are vastly more experienced and knowledgeable than me.

That, my friends, is a good year.

Will this next one be even better? You bet it will. Dayna Miller will bring her high standards and energetic personality to the helm, and the ship will carry us forward. And I will continue to serve KASB with gratitude for this incredible experience.

Thank you for this great privilege you have given me.

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