March 20, 2023

Board Digest

March 20, 2023


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

Seaman High School Theatre Teacher Michael Stauffer recognized our national qualifiers from the Kansas Thespian Festival including: Haili Longenecker for makeup design; JoyAnne Boutz for solo musical; group qualifier Rowan Kelpin, Alea Brian, and Anna Sage; and duo qualifier Vivien Williams and Anja Martinez. The students also invited the board and community to attend the upcoming musical "Oklahoma" on March 30-April 1.

History Day
Seaman High School Social Studies Teachers Susan Sittenauer and William Wehrs introduced National History Day Winners: Kate Eckert and Jeremiah Moylan for 1st place in the Senior Group Exhibit and Anna McLaughlin and Danika Szopinski for 1st place in the Senior Group Documentary. These students will now be competing in the state competition in April. 

Coach Pena will introduce Jaxson Thomas as the KSHSAA 5A State Champion in the heavyweight category. Jaxson is our first heavyweight state champion since 1995. Jaxson is a senior and plans to play football at Coffeyville Community College.  

Kristen Anderson
North Fairview Teacher Kristen Anderson was recognized for wining the Kansas Master Teacher Award from Emporia State University. Principal Kelli Finnegan said, "Kristen is a teacher every principal dreams to have in their building. Her teaching philosophy centers around her students and she has an unwavering belief in relationships before rigor." 

Kristi Becker
Logan Elementary Teacher Kristi Becker was recognized as a 2023 Milken Educator. Principal Christine Saunders talked about Mrs. Becker's innovation and the engaging learning environment she creates for her students. "We're very fortunate to have her with us," said Mrs. Saunders. 

Superintendent Remarks

The Seaman Community is mourning the loss of Ann Minihan, past USD 345 Board Member from 1977-2009, and pillar of the Seaman community. Mr. Willson took a moment to remember and celebrate Mrs. Minihan for her dedication to the Seaman Community during his superintendent remarks. "Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity or pleasure to meet Mrs. Minihan but I have heard nothing but great things about her long standing service to our community," said Willson.

Mr. Willson then opened the floor for board members to share memories and read a few remarks submitted by employees and past employees. "She had a huge impact on our community over many years and I was proud to be involved in the naming of the USD 345 boardroom being named after her. It is an honor she deeply deserved. It was my honor and privilege to have known and worked with her. Her legacy continues with her wonderful family," said former Superintendent Mike Mathes. 

Brad Willson
Brad Willson

President Remarks

Michelle Caudill commented on how excited she is for the spring activities to begin. She also spoke of the upcoming national conference for board members and how she is looking forward to reporting back on their professional development. 

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

  • Consider Strategic Plan: Guiding Principles, Focus Areas, Graduate Profile - APPROVED

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on April 10. 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:

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