April 19, 2021

Board Digest

April 19, 2021


Following each board of education meeting, the Director of Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest. To view the full agenda, click here.

Learning Without Limits

Three Seaman High School students were national medalists at the National Scholastic Art Competition in New York City. This year students across America submitted nearly 320,000 works of art. 1,917 works were selected from that pool as national award recipients. Of the 1,917 awardees, 16 were from Kansas. Reagan Carter's work titled "Empty Space" was the recipient of an American Vision Medal in addition to a Gold Medal.

Reagan Carter: Gold Medal and American Visions Medal for her painting "Empty Space"
Daisy Solis: Gold Medal for her monoprint titled "La Banana"
Samantha Myers: Silver Medal for her painting titled "Fiddle Leaf Fig"
Scholastic Award Winners

This year Seaman High School Athletic Director Steve Bushnell not only supported the establishment of the girls wrestling program at Seaman, but also served as the program’s first head coach on an interim basis until a permanent coach was hired. Mr. Bushnell actively recruited girls to go out for wrestling, helping the roster grow from two to nearly thirty at the start of the 2020-21 season. Bushnell also stepped forward during the COVID-19 season by creating home events to provide opportunities for both boys and girls teams. Additionally, when the Centennial League girls tournament was looking for a host site, Mr. Bushnell jumped at the opportunity and hosted a first-class event.

Steve Bushnell understands the importance of involvement in athletics in the total experience of students at the high school level and the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association is proud to recognize and honor his dedication and commitment. Congratulations to Steve Bushnell, 2021 KWCA Girls D1 Administrator of the Year!
Steve Bushnell

Lisa Martinez, a Spanish teacher at Seaman High School, Seaman USD 345, was named Region 2 finalists for the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected from the state’s eight regional finalists.

The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.

The Kansas Teacher of the Year team, comprised of the Teacher of the Year and state finalists, serves as an ambassador for education in Kansas, making public appearances across the state promoting education and the teaching profession.
Lisa Martinez

Seaman High School student Kaden Fox completed an in-depth application and request for consideration process to become an FCCLA National Executive Council Officer for the 2020–2021 term. He was selected to serve as the National Vice President for Finance. In addition, he was selected to serve on the National Board of Directors as an official voting member for a 2-year term. Kaden is the second FCCLA national officer to represent Kansas.
Kaden Fox

President Remarks

Tonight I would like to acknowledge one of our own board members, Mr. Frank Henderson. Last week, Mr. Henderson was named the president-elect of the National School Board Association. It has been a privilege to serve alongside him over the past decade and watch his ascension through the local, state, and national organizations where he will take over as NSBA President in April of 2022. This is a huge deal for our school district, our city, and state and we are lucky to have someone as dedicated as Frank serving in our community and dedicating himself to doing what is best for kids. Truly, a remarkable achievement, please help me in congratulating Frank for this well deserved position.

James Adams
James Adams
USD 345 Board President

Board of Education Consent Agenda

The consent agenda contains items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion. A full list of consent items can be found by visiting the BoardDocs website

Discussion Items 

  • Namesake Advisory Committee Report
  • Early Graduation Requests
  • R2R Update
  • Teaching and Learning Report
  • Special Services Report
  • Business and Finance Report
  • Facilities Report

  • Action Items (approved)

    • CORE-5
    • Bids (West Indianola Playground Equipment: $49,908.00; Seaman High School Carpet Replacement: $162,771.04; Seaman Football Stadium Handrails: $53,403.50)

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on May 10. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The Seaman USD #345 Board of Education will plan to meet at Seaman High School, 4850 NW Rochester Rd.

    Board of Education Agenda

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    How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?

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    Seaman School District USD #345
    901 NW Lyman Rd | Topeka, KS 66608