Board Positions up For Election
If you have ever thought about being a school board member or know of someone you believe would be a good board member, three positions will be up for election this Fall. USD 348 needs strong leaders to maintain our strong schools. The locally-elected school board is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining, developing and operating the local schools. School board members make important decisions with long-lasting implications for their community and its citizens. They establish a vision for the public education system in their community, are responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent of schools, adopt policies and monitor district finances, among many other responsibilities. The positions up for election this Fall are as follows:
District 1, Position 4 – Gregory Kruger
District 2, Position 5 – Nicole Tiller
District 3, Position 6 – Ivan Huntoon
If you have an interest in serving and have questions do not hesitate to contact the district office at 785-594-2721 and speak with either Cory Countryman, Board Clerk or Paul Dorathy, Superintendent. You may also contact any present school board member as they can share details about the responsibilities of the position. Each position serves a four year term.
June 1 is the deadline to file to run for a board position, with the election occurring in November and the elected board members terms set to begin January of 2018. You can file to run at the County Clerk’s office located in Lawrence at 1100 Massachusetts Street.
Our mission is: Teaching and Learning for Excellence
Taking our place among the elite, recognized for extraordinary achievement; teaching with purpose, passion and concern.
The Education System:
Baldwin City is traditionally dedicated to youth and education. Programs for all ages, preschool to adult are available. Located in southern Douglas County, the 139 square mile district combines the elements of rural living, state highways and easy access to metropolitan areas to provide numerous opportunities for quality lifestyles.
Unified School District 348 offers programs for children of all ages. Special Education, tutorial programs and college-release classes are a few of the opportunities available to students.
All schools have received accreditation from the Kansas State Department of Education.
Four schools are located in the Baldwin City community: the Primary Center, the Intermediate Center, the Junior High, and the High School.
Existing since the 1860′s, Baldwin offers a great blend of gracious older homes and comfortable new construction. Home of Baker University, the town also provides a variety of recreational activities which range from traditional sports, lakes for fishing, library programs, a quilters’ guild, and a 9-hole sand-green golf course to several significant historical points of interest.
Approximately 50 civic organizations and seven churches provide other avenues for anyone to become actively involved in the community.
Maple Leaf Festival, held the third full weekend in October, celebrates the fall season with a parade, entertainment, and 250 craft booths. The area’s various deciduous trees are almost always in full color for this festive weekend which annually attracts thousands of visitors.