April 10, 2023

Board Digest

April 10, 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

Mr. Hoffmans introduced our FBLA State Champions, Zach Jowers, Jaxon Kramer and Alley Voiers as the State Champions in the Banking & Financial Systems category. The group competed at the state conference against around 30 teams and took first place. 

Art Awards
Mrs. Ramberg introduced Seaman High School Junior Adyson Cashman. Adyson was recognized for her many student art awards. Adyson won Best in Show, People's Choice, and first place in the High School Division at the Youth Art Month competition. She also won Best in Show and First Place in the YAM competition at Washburn Art Day and a Silver Key in the Scholastic Art competition. Adyson shared her work with the board and answered questions about her artistic process. 

Future Cities
Mr. Berry shared Seaman Middle School’s most recent models from the Future Cities class and competition. SMS had five teams in their international competition class with over 45,000 middle school students competing worldwide. SMS hosted 42 teams for this year's regional competition. Every year students are given a new challenge and students use recycled material to create a model city. This year's challenge was "natural disasters" and students created their cities to not be affected by the natural disaster. 

Superintendent Remarks

Mr. Willson talked about the attributes of a strong public education system including: integrity, honesty, transparency, and accountability. He stated the importance of putting long term student success at the center of a school district's work. "It's a cohesive team partnered with families to fulfill our mission and achieve our goals," said Willson. Mr. Willson stated that students need a strong academic foundation and a wide range of experiences to increase exposure to new opportunities in a changing environment. "As opportunities change, fewer kids are doing what their parents do...we have to help more students understand the opportunities they have."

Brad Willson
Brad Willson

President Remarks

Michelle Caudill recognized Frank Henderson for serving as president of the National School Boards Association. During his time as president, Mr. Henderson represented NSBA at many events, including the U.S. Homeland Security and School Safety Summit, National Parent Teacher Association, Learning First Alliance, "Here for the Kids" national campaign, and the national superintendents conference. Mr. Henderson met with several U.S. senators and house members, Kansas officials, and ranking members of the House Education Committee, on issues pertinent to public education. 

Mr. Henderson concluded his term as NSBA President at the annual NSBA conference and a slideshow was shared showing Mr. Henderson's year in photos. 

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

  • Approve the republishing of the budget in the Metro News - APPROVED
  • Schedule budget hearing for May 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm at the Seaman Education Center - APPROVED
  • Approve graduation exercise policy update - APPROVED
  • Approve AUA and Loan Agreement - APPROVED
  • Approve MELC curriculum - APPROVED
  • Approve Chemistry curriculum - APPROVED
  • Approve AP Spanish curriculum - APPROVED
  • Approve Metals curriculum - APPROVED
  • Approve world languages curriculum - APPROVED

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

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

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