Guests and KSDE staff joined State Board of Education members in a reception for outgoing Chairman Jana Shaver prior to the regular meeting Dec. 9. Chairman Shaver, who chose not to seek re-election, has been a State Board member since 2007 representing District 9 in southeast Kansas. She has served as vice chairman and on numerous committees including the Kansas Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education. Jim Porter of Fredonia was elected to fill this vacancy and will be sworn in this January.
At its December meeting, State Board members recognized the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools from Kansas. Principals and other representatives from the honored schools spoke about the factors they have found to be most significant in raising student achievement. The six Blue Ribbon Schools are: Marais Des Cygnes Valley Elementary, Oatville Elementary, Ogden Elementary, St. Patrick Catholic School, Valley Falls Elementary and West Bourbon Elementary.
The 2015 calendar of Board meeting dates is available here: calendar.