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USD 469 Lansing At-Large BOE

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  • Jeff Bollin

  • Amy Cawvey

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    Roy S. Foster

  • Beth Stevenson

  • Susie Jorgensen Werth

  • Mary Wood

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.

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Personal Biography I grew up in Texas and moved to Kansas to attend college and play football. This is where my wife and I met! We moved to Lansing, KS, 18 years ago to start our family. We currently have four children attending Lansing schools ranging from a Jr. in high school to the 3rd grade. I am a healthcare executive at Cerner. I have been helping health systems around the globe modernize health care by utilizing innovative technology for a little over 20 years.
Campaign Email rsfoster78@hotmail.com
Education BS, Biology, Pre-Med, Ottawa University; Certificate in Health Care Leadership, UMKC Block School of Business
Community/Public Service Lansing, KS Parks & Rec Advisory Board; Youth Sports Coach; Board Member HIMSS Heart of American Chapter
telephone 913-727-2939
My wife and I have four children in the district ranging from a Jr. in high school through the 3rd grade. We are clearly vested in the culture and performance of our public schools. The circle of kids and families we have come to know over the years through my youth sports coaching and other community activities makes it an even greater calling. I believe I can bring board experience and rational decision-making in a transparent way representing parents, teachers, and students.
The most important issue is the district needs to produce a consumable multi-year strategic plan that parents and community members can clearly see the vision and direction of our district. It should show a focus on improved budgeting practices and discipline, pushing the envelope on curriculum and putting our children in a position to accelerate into productive careers, exceeding basic state requirements, and creating and maintaining a culture where highly skilled educators want to work.
As an observer of the BOE meeting and with my experience serving on other boards we seem to struggle with budget management overall. I believe that is one area where I could potentially bring a lot of value to the BOE. Lansing USD 469 ranks 8th in the state for average teacher pay which is great but I have ideas for how we can improve on that while also participating in more innovative career and college readiness programs. We have recently built and renovated facilities which have resulted in higher facilities costs. In addition to continuing to restructure that debt every chance we get, we have the capacity in our schools to handle more students which would increase our budget and allow our district to offer more programs and more unique courses to our students. By establishing an identity as a district that excels at career and college readiness for kids of all educational needs we can attract more families and students to our district.
Education is a dynamic profession filled with extremely passionate people. Having a culture that cultivates that passion by providing the necessary ingredients for success is crucial. Professionally passionate people who don't operate in the right cultural environment can become burn out very quickly. Having the right vision creates clarity across the organization. Ensuring educators can acquire and maintain the right skills builds confidence in their ability to be successful. Having aligned incentives produces an environment where people are not conflicted on what the primary outcomes are. Providing the necessary tools and resources to efficiently and effectively do their jobs allows them to focus on higher-order tasks. And finally, having an organizational-wide action plan that connects everyday work to the vision helps ensure everyone is working towards the same true North and rowing in the same direction.
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