July 11, 2022

Board Digest

July 11, 2022


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

Nelven Smith
The board recognized Nelven Smith for winning the State Safe Driver Championship in the experienced mini-bus category. The competition included: backing, backing around a corner, parallel parking, and diminished alleyway. Out of 62 drivers, Nelven took third overall. 

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) has announced Seaman Middle School as the only Kansas school named to its inaugural AMLE Schools of Distinction.

This marks the inaugural year of the AMLE Schools of Distinction program, which is designed to both recognize exemplary schools and guide them through a process of strategic vision setting to help foster ongoing growth and success. “We look forward to celebrating these schools and all that makes the middle level special in the coming months,” said Stephanie Patton, Chair of the AMLE Schools of Distinction Committee.

Each recipient school completed a rigorous review process that measured their implementation of the characteristics of successful middle grades schools and continuous improvement plans. “I am so incredibly proud of the Seaman Middle School staff. They are consummate professionals who love our students, which was noted throughout the review,” said Seaman Middle School Principal Joshua Snyder. “Our school community is committed to providing middle school experiences that are intentional and evidenced-based. The four-month-long application included the perspectives of our parents, students, and staff. We are excited to be named one of the 12 AMLE school of distinction awardees.” AMLE will publish Seaman Middle School’s profile to promote and share its exemplary practices.

Seaman Middle School will be recognized and present on their exemplary practices live at the 49th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education this November.

Superintendent Remarks

Mr. Willson thanked the board and recognized the community for welcoming him in his new role as Superintendent of Seaman Schools. "This community has been as welcoming as you can imagine," Willson said. Willson is excited to be a part of a team that positively impacts the lives of kids. 

Brad Willson
Brad Willson

Reorganization of the Board

Michelle Caudill
Michelle Caudill, President

Chris Travis
Chris Travis, Vice 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 

  • Teaching and Learning Report
  • Special Services Report
  • Review Policy Updates | EE
  • Review SHS Student-Parent Handbook
  • Curriculum Purchase - SHS FACS

  • Action Items

    • PreK, Elem, SMS Student-Parent Handbook - APPROVED
    • Naming of Facilities - Mark Simoneau - APPROVED
    • Elementary ELA Curriculum - APPROVED
    • PDC Handbook - APPROVED
    • Notice of Revenue Neutral Rate Intent - APPROVED
    • End-of-Year Transfers - APPROVED
    • Professional Development Council Board Appointment: Donna McGinty
    • KASB Governmental Relations Committee Board Appointment: Michelle Caudill
    • Calendar Committee Board Appointment: Donna McGinty, Kyle McNorton
    • District Wellness Council Board Appointment: Chris Travis, Christy Weiler
    • Seaman Educational Advantage Foundation Board Appointment: Frank Henderson, Kyle McNorton
    • Technology Advisory Committee Board Appointment: James Adams, Chris Travis
    • Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee Board Appointment: Michelle Caudill, Frank Henderson
    • Emergency Operations Planning Committee Board Appointment: Frank Henderson, Kyle McNorton
    • Capital Outlay Revenue and Expense Committee Board Appointment: James Adams, Chris Travis
    • District Site Council Board Appointment: Michelle Caudill, Donna McGinty
    • District Mental Health Committee Board Appointment: Frank Henderson, Christy Weiler
    • District Budget Committee Board Appointment: Donna McGinty, Michelle Caudill, James Adams
    • District Equity Council Board Appointment: Frank Henderson, Christy Weiler

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on August 8. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm.

    Regular board meetings are scheduled on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm, with the exception of March, which will be held on the third Monday. Regular meetings may be adjourned to another time and place when necessary. Special meetings may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis. 

    Regular meetings typically take place at the Seaman Education Center. When meeting locations change, notice is sent out to the public and made available online. Board agendas go live on the Friday afternoon prior to the regular board meeting. 

    All regular meetings are streamed live and available on the district's YouTube Channel. A recap of the meeting is also made available through the Board Digest

    Both in-person and digital public comment are accepted at regular board meetings. The public comment agenda item may be found in the meeting agenda

    Remaining regular meetings for the 2021-22 school year:

    August 8, 2022
    September 12, 2022
    October 10, 2022
    November 14, 2022
    December 12, 2022
    January 9, 2023
    February 13, 2023
    March 20, 2023
    April 10, 2023
    May 8, 2023
    June 12, 2023
    July 10, 2023

    Board of Education Agenda

    To review previous board of education agendas, click here.

    How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?

    The video from the meeting will be available by the Tuesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.


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