September 11, 2023

Board Digest

September 11, 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 Athletic Director Steve Bushnell presented the United Kansas Conference Cup at the September Board Meeting. Seaman High School won the conference cup championship after last year's performances in athletics and activities. Points are accumulated based on team rankings. Check out the list below to see how well we did our first year in the new league. As you can see, this championship was a big group effort and we are so proud of all our students and coaches in bringing home the cup! "Finishing 16 points ahead of second place is quite an accomplishment," said Bushnell. "We challenged our student body at the beginning of the school year to be the champions and compete, and we certainly did that."


The board recognized our Teachers of they Year by school and our District Teachers of the Year at the September Board Meeting. And the Conference Cup made another cameo because...why not? 

"These teachers are preparing our students to be successful and giving them the tools and dispositions to be successful in life and we can't thank them enough," said Mr. Willson. 

Rebecca Lutz, MELC
Gwen Jowers, Elmont
Aubree Taylor, Logan
Rachel Stuewe, North Fairview
Audra Gragg, Northern Hills
Mary Beck, West Indianola - Elementary Teacher of the Year
Erica Tenpenny, SMS
Cassie Cowan, SHS - Secondary Teacher of the Year

Superintendent Remarks

Mr. Willson took a moment to commemorate 9/11 and spoke about how he will never forget those who lost their lives from the attacks and how he will also always remember that school safety is our number one priority. When speaking of 9/11 he said, "We learned that the world is different today...We also learned that when there are fellow Americans in need, we will set aside our differences and step up to help." Mr. Willson talked about putting aside differences and finding commonalities with each other. 

Superintendent remarks also included a brief overview and explanation of revenue neutral rate and the new requirements designed to increase transparency but can also be difficult to understand. "I never forget who pays for our students' education and when I talk about the money of the district, I really don't talk about it as the district's money, or my money, or the board's money. It is always our taxpayers money and I want to give our taxpayers the most value for their contribution. We do way more for students now than we did twenty years ago and we want to make sure that as efficiently as possible." 

Brad Willson
Brad Willson

President Remarks

"My hope is that as the school year is progressing, our teachers and students are thriving. It is so easy to see everything going on with our athletics because it's out there, we go, we watch. It's not as easy for us to see what goes on, on a day-to-day basis in the classroom. So we rely on our teachers and our administrators to continue with the growth and the excellence that we want here at Seaman." 

Michelle also recognized 9/11 and encouraged everyone to keep September 11 in their hearts as they move forward. 

Michelle Caudill
Michelle Caudill President

FY 24 Budget

The board adopted the resolution to approve exceeding the revenue neutral rate by roll call vote.

The Board approved Local Option Budget by resolution certifying 33%.

The Board adopted the FY24 Budget based on review of the Building Needs Assessment and State Assessments that were provided to the board and evaluated by the board during the Budget Approval Process.

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 Item

  • Board Policy Update - APPROVED

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on October 9. 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 February, March, and April, 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 2023-24 school year:

October 9, 2023
November 13, 2023
December 11, 2023
January 8, 2024
February 19, 2024
March 18, 2024
April 15, 2024
May 13, 2024
June 10, 2024
July 8, 2024

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