October 10, 2022

Board Digest

October 10, 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

2022 Horizon

The board recognized our two Horizon Award nominees for this year, SHS Social Studies Teacher William Wehrs and Mathes Early Learning Center Preschool Teacher Lynsey Bledsoe. The KSDE Horizon Award program recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. William and Linsey are in their second year with us and will now have the opportunity to be considered as one of the state's 32 Kansas Horizon award winners. 

Kate Talley

Elmont Project Lead the Way teacher Kate Talley is one of 59 teachers selected across the U.S. to have earned the 2022-23 Outstanding PLTW Teacher award, which recognizes educators who demonstrate a strong record of delivering an inspiring and empowering student experience, while expanding access to PLTW programs, and transforming teaching.

PLTW is honoring Talley for her work in the PLTW Launch program. Kate is in her fourth year in the district and teaches PLTW courses for students in grades K-12. "Kate’s dedication to the PLTW curriculum is one that comes from her deep passion for each of the STEAM disciplines," said Elmont Principal Joel Wells. "Her students are engaged both inside and outside of her classroom, with an unparalleled passion for their success."


Haley Slusser

Haley Slusser, a kindergarten teacher in her fifth year at West Indianola Elementary School, received the NextGen Under 30 award.

NextGen Under 30 is a Kansas Department of Commerce program that identifies talented young adults and encourages them to follow their lifetime family and career goals in Kansas. It recognizes individuals who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities. Slusser was one of only six winners in the K-12 Education category to win in the state.


Superintendent Remarks

Mr. Willson reviewed district enrollment trends stating that enrollment is slightly decreasing in elementary and middle schools as seen in the five-year trend while the high school is slightly increasing. Out-of-district remains steady with a slight decrease in the last couple years. Free and reduced percentages have increased due to the state direct certifying more people through Medicaid. The enrollment trend report is one of four reports that will be presented at the next few board meetings and will be incorporated into the district's annual report. 

Brad Willson
Brad Willson

President Remarks

As you may recall, last year Seaman School District was one of only seven school districts in the state of Kansas to receive five Kansans Can Star Recognition awards. Only four districts in the state received more than five awards.

I am excited to share that this year, Seaman Schools received SIX Kansans Can Star Recognition awards! These awards recognize the exceptional work our district has done to reach the state’s vision for education.

On behalf of the Seaman School Board, I am pleased to congratulate Seaman USD 345 for the following recognition for 2022:

• Social-Emotional Growth
• Kindergarten Readiness
• Individual Plan of Study
• Civic Engagement
• Academically Prepared for Graduation
• Postsecondary Effectiveness

This recognition should be celebrated throughout our district. Congratulations to everyone for their exceptional work!

Michelle Caudill
Michelle Caudill

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 

Action Items

  • Addition of Narcan to Health Rooms - APPROVED
  • Early Graduation Requests - APPROVED
  • Time Clock Purchase - APPROVED

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on November 14. 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 2022-23 school year:

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