KASB School Board Member Profile: Doug Epp, Emporia USD 253Scott Rothschild
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. He really engaged in hands-on learning which I tried to emulate in my own teaching career.
What do you do outside of being a board member? I work at a Farm Bureau office on 12th street under Perry Ott. I farm several hundred acres, and am leading the development of a non-profit program for homeless families called Family Promise of the Flint Hills. I am also active in First Baptist Church of Emporia and travel to visit family in Florida, Honolulu, and Connecticut.
What experience do you bring to the table that will improve your local school district? I taught middle school science in USD 253 for 34 years and then substituted for another 3 years.
As a board member, what is the top goal you have this year? We have already completed board goals and revised our salary schedules for our staff, so our next big push will be to complete a needs assessment of our facilities and then decide whether to push for a capital fund campaign.
What is a saying or quote that you live by? Education is the best way to raise the standard of living for the next generation and ensure a stable, functioning society. Kansas public education is a bargain.