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Advisory Council Meetings

The Advisory Council meets quarterly to discuss charter and virtual education in the state of Kansas. The meetings are all held at the Kansas State Department of Education in room 117. The meetings typically last 2 hours and run from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. If you would like to physically attend these meetings or join via Zoom conference call, please contact David Fernkopf utilizing the contact information to the right of this page.


2019 - 2020 Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  • October, 2020  TBD
  • December, 2020  TBD


Meeting Agendas


Materials for Council Meetings


Charter and Virtual Education Advisory Council Members


Council Leadership

Chairman/Facilitator: Gary Lewis - USD 266 Maize

Facilitator: Brooke Blanck - USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Facilitator: Jody Siebenmorgen - USD 258 Humboldt

KSDE Coordinator: David Fernkopf - Kansas State Department of Education

Recorder: Juanita Anderson - Kansas State Department of Education


Council Members

Administrator – Elementary School Representative: Leroy Parks - USD 259 Wichita

Administrator – High School Representative: Ben Boothe - USD 231 Gardner Edgerton

Administrator – Middle School Representative: Brooke Blanck - USD 383 Manhattan

Administrator – Superintendent Representative: Gary Lewis - USD 266 Maize

Certified Staff – Elementary School Representative: OPEN

Certified Staff – High School Representative: Tammy Clark - USD 331 Kingman - Norwich

Certified Staff – Middle School Representative: OPEN

Community & Business Representative: OPEN

Higher Education Representative: OPEN

Kansas State Board of Education Representative: Michelle Dombrosky - District 3

KSDE Representative: David Fernkopf - KSDE, Mike Pounds - KSDE

Parent Representative: OPEN

School Board Representative: Curt Herman - USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

School Representative – Charter-Virtual: Monte Westfall - USD 497 Lawrence

School Representative – Early Childhood: Christina O'Toole - USD 259 Wichita

School Representative – Elementary School Charter: Jason Chalashtari - USD 373 Newton

School Representative – Middle School Charter: OPEN

School Representative – Secondary Charter School: Andi Giesen - USD 259 Wichita

School Representative – Traditional School: Christy Ziegler - USD 512 Shawnee Mission

School Representative – Virtual Program: Jody Siebenmorgen - USD 258 Humboldt

School Representative – Virtual School: Leigh Miller - USD 259 Wichita

Service Center Representative: Joani Purdy - Orion Educational Service Center

Special Education Representative: OPEN

Technology Representative: Bob D'Andrea - Z0030 Diocese of Salina

Youth Representative: OPEN


If you are interested in filling one of the open positions on the council, please contact David Fernkopf with your inquiries and he will provide you with the necessary information.

KSDE Assistant Director
Alternative/Charter/Virtual Schools

David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

CVEAC Chairman
Gary Lewis

CVEAC Facilitator
Brooke Blanck
(785) 587-2100 ext 8703

CVEAC Facilitator
Jody Siebenmorgen
(620) 228-4186


Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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