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Vacant At Large Position

Vacant At Large Position

BOARD VACANCY NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 25-2022, of a vacancy in the membership of the Board of Education of Unified School District No. 348, Douglas County, Kansas, and that such vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Education for the remainder of the unexpired term not sooner than fifteen (15) days following publication of this notice.

Such vacancy exists by reason of the resignation of Carrie Stevens, who represents the At Large Board Member Position. Applicants must reside within USD 348.

Interested parties should complete the application, https://www.usd348.com/?dl_id=2126 and return to the Board Clerk at USD 348, PO Box 67, 715 Chapel Street, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006, or scanned to meganjohnson@usd348.com, by noon (12 p.m.) on January 14, 2022. Candidates should be aware letters of interest will become public record.

By order of the Board of Education, Unified School District No. 348, Douglas County, Kansas, this 16th day of November, 2021.

Kelley Bethell-Smith

Kelley Bethell-Smith

District 1, Term ends: January 8, 2024

Kelley Bethell-Smith and her husband, Tessley Smith, have resided in Baldwin City since June of 2003. They have two daughters, both of whom are proud Bulldog students. Kelley is the Director of Vocal Studies and conducts the Academy Choir at the Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice. She also works as a vocalist for private bookings and as a freelance choreographer.

Kelley graduated summa cum laude from Ottawa University in 1999 with a B.A. in sociology, with emphasis upon music and cultural anthropology studies. In 2012, Kelley earned her Master of Science degree in Academic Advising with administration emphasis from Kansas State University’s College of Education and Department of Counseling.

At the core of Kelley’s commitment to excellence in USD 348 education is a deeply held care for the students, families, and staff of this district, as well as a sincere gratitude for being able to raise her own children in such a wonderful community. She is in her second 4-year term of service to the district, having first been elected to the board in July of 2015. She is currently serving as board president.

kbethell-smith@usd348.com
Tony Brown

Tony Brown

District 2, Term ends: January 8, 2024

Tony Brown and his wife have lived in Baldwin City since 1994. He has been involved in post-secondary education for 30 years, mostly as a professor of psychology at Baker University. Tony also has experience on other government bodies, including two terms on the Baldwin City Council and one term in the Kansas House of Representatives. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching baseball and college basketball, and working on modest home and gardening projects.

Tony ran for the school board because of his commitment to public service and his hometown community. He hopes his professional background and career experiences will be assets in helping to provide the best educational opportunities for students in the Baldwin School District.

tbrown@usd348.com
Phillip Harvey

Phillip Harvey

District 1, Term ends: January 10, 2022

Phillip Harvey moved to the Baldwin City area in 2014, after 9 years in the Air Force. Phillip and his wife, Kimberly, have 5 children spread out over USD 348. Phillip is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who practices with Oral Surgery Kansas. With several surgical offices in Northeast Kansas, there were many places the Harvey family considered putting down roots. They chose to settle in Baldwin primarily because of the reputation of the school district.

With his relatively unique perspective of 24 years of being a student, he is a strong advocate for academics and believes that the district’s primary objective should continue to be the preparation of each student for a transition into college or the workforce, with an emphasis on wise fiscal use of the taxpayers’ dollars. He hopes to aid in the continued building of that legacy.

When he is not School Boarding, he enjoys a busy schedule of work, BJHS and BHS athletic events, being outdoors, hunting and fishing, church, and spending time with friends and family.

pharvey@usd348.com
Ande Parks

Ande Parks

District 3, Term ends: January 8, 2024

Ande is serving his second stint on the school board, and has now accumulated more than a decade of experience. He ran because of his passion to serve in the community he and his family call home. Public education has always been an important part of Ande’s life. His father was a principal and superintendent in the Kansas City and Chicago areas.

Ande has called Baldwin City home for twenty-five years. His wife teaches at Baker University, and the couple has raised two children in the school system.

aparks@usd348.com
Chris Perry

Chris Perry

District 3, Position 6, Term ends: January 10, 2022

Chris has a diverse background in K-12 education, with over ten years experience as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, behavior specialist, administrative intern,  and state trainer with the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN). Since joining TASN in 2014, he has worked with districts across Kansas in developing and implementing their Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework to meet the needs of all students. Chris holds degrees in Psychology, Special Education, and School Leadership. Additionally, he also runs an education consulting business called Cultivate Education with his wife.

Chris and his wife Stephanie moved to Baldwin City in 2014, and have loved raising their three daughters in this wonderful community. The oldest two daughters are in elementary school, with the youngest to join in a few more years. When not working and raising his three young kids, Chris enjoys starting (and sometimes even completing) home improvement projects, spending time outdoors, gardening, and traveling.

Chris is very excited about bringing his diverse experiences in education to the USD 348 School Board.

cperry@usd348.com
Susan Schiffelbein

Susan Schiffelbein

District 2, Position 5, Term ends: January 10, 2022

Susan Schiffelbein and her family moved to Baldwin City in January of 2005.  Susan’s husband, Gregg, previously served as Baldwin High School’s School Resource Officer and is currently the Lieutenant of the Baldwin City Police Department.  Susan and Gregg’s three children graduated from Baldwin High School, and they are proud to have a granddaughter that will become a Bulldog in four years.

Since 2015, Susan has worked for the Technical Assistance Support Network (TASN) to assist school districts across Kansas with their improvement goals and to support student learning.  Prior to this, Susan was a reading teacher and coach/coordinator for Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS) and Multi-tier System of Supports (MTSS).

Susan wanted to serve on the school board because, for her, education is a lifestyle.  “Public education is sometimes a thankless job and supporting our students, families, and teachers to continue striving for success is critical.”

Susan enjoys activities with her family (including her two dogs), golfing, reading, and traveling.

sschiffelbein@usd348.com