January 2018

January, 2018


Throughout the month of January, 2018 we are taking time to say “thank you” to seven extraordinary citizens in our community. Our local board of education members volunteer countless hours each year leading success in our schools! They study issues, participate in meetings, attend school activities and events and advocate on the local, state and national levels for our children. 

Our school board members are Doug, Biekman, Darren Bott, Toby Bruna, Diane Gugenhan, Alan Ohlde, Scott Zaboktrsky and Jim Zarybnicky.    School board members in USD223 develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of $5.6 million, 450 students, and 85 employees in three buildings.
Public education is a cornerstone of American society, and a highly-valued part of our state’s history. In 1966 the people of Kansas amended our state’s constitution to specifically call for local public schools that are ‘maintained, developed and operated by locally elected boards.’  Local school board members comprise the largest body of publicly elected officials in our nation. 

In our community the board of education makes decisions that impact the future of all our children. Their job is to establish a vision for our schools, then provide guidance and direction in accomplishing that vision. They ensure that our schools are accountable to the community. 

The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month and gives us the chance to say thank you! This is a time to shine a light on how our local board prepares today’s students for success. In January, join with others throughout our district and state to salute the men and women who provide leadership for our public schools.


Brian Cordel, USD223 Superintendent