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USD 458 Basehor Linwood Position 5 BOE

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    Kody Willnauer

Biographical Information

What is your experience with the school district and why do you want to serve.

What is the most important issue facing the district in the next 4 years.

What are the budget problems in the district and how will you address it.

How do envision recruiting the best personnel to the district.

Personal Biography I grew up in Basehor and graduated from Basehor-Linwood High School. I have worked for General Motors for 23 years and have been married for 22 years. I have 2 sons. One that graduated from Basehor-Linwood in 2020 and now attends KU and the other currently attends Basehor-Linwood High School. I have enjoyed the past 4 years on the Board of Education and am proud of the accomplishments and progress we have achieved. I look forward to continuing to serve another 4 years.
Education Basehor-Linwood High School Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology
Community/Public Service Youth Sports Coach for12 years Basehor United Methodist Church Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation Tri-County Labor Board School Events VFW/BLEF Car Show Actively involved parent in all the buildings my sons attended.
telephone 816-806-7877
I have served on the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education the past 4 years. I feel that we, as a district, have worked so hard to establish Basehor-Linwood as an innovative district that provides a quality education for our students. I feel the challenges we have faced in the past 4 years provides me with the necessary experience to continue to be a productive member of this Board of Education.
The most important and challenging issue that Basehor-Linwood School District faces in the next 4 years is the significant growth and expansion in our area.
The Basehor-Linwood Board of Education are very fortunate to have an exemplary administrative team that is always striving for ways to operate more efficiently and effectively. The budgetary proposals they present to the Board of Education annually are very conscientious of how it impacts and improves the quality of education for our students and staff.
Basehor-Linwood is an innovative district that offers various programs and career pathways for our students. We continue to improve and upgrade our facilities across the district to meet the needs of our students and staff. Our district, even though it is growing, continues to operate as a small community and enables teachers to connect and build relationships with all students.
Personal Biography Married and parent of two children. We've lived in the Basehor-Linwood School District since 2017. 2012 Kansas New Teacher of the Year.
Campaign Email kody458@outlook.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.kody458.com
Education 2008 BME University of Kansas, 2018 Masters of Education University of Kansas
Community/Public Service 2020-Current Stranger Township Volunteer Fire Department Member, 2020 Leavenworth County Census Enumerator, 2020 Leavenworth County Election Supervising Precinct Judge
telephone 816-507-1437
campaignwebsite www.kody458.com
Our child entered Kindergarten in the fall of 2019. Since March of 2020, I keep up with board meeting minutes and attend in meetings when possible ever since.

As a parent and K12 educator, I feel that my combined perspective will be a positive benefit to our school board. It is my goal if elected to be an constructive collaborator in the issues we face in our community and in education. As a teacher and person in general, I actively approach all of life's endeavors with a commitment to serve others before self.
Basehor-Linwood USD 458's biggest opportunity in the next four years is shaping our district's growth because of population growth. The US Census recently stated that Basehor was the second fastest growing city in Kansas. A lot of that can be contributed to wanting to be in the Basehor-Linwood school district. It was a reason why our family moved here over four years ago. Planning for this growth involves both having high quality personnel and infrastructure plans ready. We can do this with active collaboration by our patrons and educators, as well as governmental partnerships from our cities and county.
As an educator and parent, I would like to see more investment in our educational budget directly impact our students. Keeping the students to teacher ratio in classrooms low is one example. Having valued resources that are utilized extremely well by students and staff and getting rid of outdated materials that come with expensive annual renewals have potential for cost savings.
Recruiting the best personnel to our district comes down to two things for any employee: Do I feel valued in my organization and am I providing financial security for my family? The best thing the board can do for our district is to empower the people within the organization to have a voice in decisions. Top-down decision making without staff input will make any employee feel isolated. If we are all here together for students to help develop and reach their potential then the staff closest to working with students daily should have a respected voice to decision making.

Recruiting top talent requires that we maintain a level of financial competitiveness to neighboring school districts. There are several school districts within a reasonable commuting time that have higher pay for teachers. Classified staff hourly wages should also be examined so we do not lose trained and seasoned staff members who have invested so much into our students and stay within our organization.