Public education is a cornerstone of American society, and a highly-valued part of our state’s history. In 1966 the people of Kansas amended our state’s constitution to specifically call for local public schools that are ‘maintained, developed and operated by locally elected boards.’ Local school board members comprise the largest body of publicly elected officials in our nation.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Dodge City Public Schools joins other public schools across our state in saying thank you to these public servants who are leading success in our community.
“These seven individuals provide exemplary leadership and vision to make great things happen in our schools,” said Superintendent Alan Cunningham. “They volunteer countless hours, not only by attending meetings, but also in reading reports and discussing ideas. They also participate in workshops and seminars to stay apprised of education issues and trends. They really do provide an invaluable service to our community.”
USD 443 school board members develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of $84 million, 6,946 students, and more than 1,100 employees.
“I ask everyone to please take the time to thank our board members,” said Cunningham. “We are fortunate they are willing to sacrifice their time and talents to advocate for our community and our schools. Their job is sometimes challenging and they don’t often hear words of encouragement and appreciation.”
Throughout the month of January, Dodge City Public Schools is taking time to say “thank you” to its board of education for leading success in our schools. They were honored at the January board meeting.
“In our community, the board of education makes decisions that impact the future of all our children,” Cunningham said. “It’s their job is to establish a vision for our schools, then provide guidance and direction in accomplishing that vision. They ensure that our schools are accountable to the community.”
The USD 443 Board of Education is currently undertaking the daunting and time-consuming task of hiring the next Superintendent of Schools. Cunningham is retiring at the end of the school year.
“This is arguably the most important job a school board will ever have to do,” Cunningham said. “They’re dedicating countless additional hours to the process, on top of their normal and customary responsibilities.”
The men and women serving Dodge City Public Schools are: Lisa Killion, Tammie West, Jeff Hiers, Ryan Ausmus, Traci Rankin, Barbara Lundin, and Brian Mashek.