I had the pleasure of attending the Topeka Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting recently. I couldn’t help but feel the positive energy in the room from so many folks who share a common vision - the vision to make Topeka a great place to work and live. One of the speakers, Cody Foster from Advisors Excel, made a compelling argument about why Topeka is poised for greatness. He talked about the momentum that surrounds this community and he said, “When you have momentum, you go all in.” USD 345 has this same positive energy and momentum happening right now.
The past several years have seen a dramatic improvement in our facilities districtwide. We continue to see great success and growth in our academic and extracurricular programs. New initiatives like our 1:1 digital learning for 7-12th graders, Schoology, blended learning, makerspaces, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW), foster an individualized hands-on learning environment where we can truly uphold “learning without limits.” So how does the school board focus on making Seaman USD 345 the best school system for our kids with all of these “spinning plates?” How does the board make the decisions necessary to positively impact all of our students and families with so much going on in our district?
Our board of education does an outstanding job of setting the vision, goals, and policies that shape the direction of USD 345. The board also establishes several advisory committees who focus on particular areas of our school district. These committees consist of board members, staff, parents, patrons and often times, students. They advise the board on policy and program decisions that include building site councils, technology, staff development, calendar, career and technical education, and wellness--to name a few. These committee members do important work focusing on their area while engaging in a structured forum that encourages questions, inspires discussion, and honors differing opinions. Positive energy and momentum happen when good communication systems are in place.
Become involved. In addition to these board established advisory committees, every building offers opportunities for involvement at many levels. By reaching out to your building and getting involved, you can join us in helping shape our school district and students’ futures. Our district doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by family and community involvement from people like you. Make it your priority to reach out to your school to see how you can get involved. After all, when you have momentum, you go all in.