The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is joining school districts across the nation in celebrating National School Board Recognition Month in January. It is a time to focus on the crucial role an elected board of education plays in our communities and schools.
School board members represent the community's values. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. And the bottom line for these individuals is keeping alive the dream of public education for every child and making sure students achieve and succeed.
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is governed by a seven-member body of citizens elected by voters. Board members are: Gloria Willis, (president), Linda Pendleton (vice president), George Breidenthal, Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Brenda Jones, Vicki Meyer and Christal Watson.
Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, assure schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals, and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make. Board members contribute hundreds of hours each year leading the district. Time at board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members give on behalf of the district. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities, and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events.
Thank you, to all our School Board members!