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2017-2018 BOE Members
2017-2018 BOE Members
L to R: Julie St. Peter, Brent Wolf, Edward Loeb, Lyle Weinert (President), Craig Thompson, Jamie Kaiser (Vice-President), Not Pictured - Tim Nihart

Superintendent Search

2 months ago

The U.S.D. 465 Board of Education announces that Dr. Nathan Reed will be the next superintendent of the district and will begin his duties in Winfield July 1. The board voted unanimously during a special Monday evening meeting to offer the position to Reed, the offer was accepted.

Currently superintendent of U.S.D. 310 (Fairfield), Reed earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Wichita State University. He previously had been principal of grades 6-12 in Deerfield (Kan.), assistant principal at Colvin Elementary and Irving Elementary in Wichita, and an elementary school teacher in Lakin and in Andover.

“We were impressed by Dr. Reed’s commitment to relationships and his quiet leadership in his district,” says Lyle Weinert, president of the U.S.D. 465 board. “It was especially intriguing to see the process by which he led administrators in his district in analyzing areas of concern, and building plans to deal with these concerns.”

Weinert adds that Reed was profiled in a recent issue of the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) publication, with explanations of how the Fairfield district is dealing with a high percentage of low-income students, student mobility, and absentees.

In addition to his leadership of U.S.D. 310, Reed is an adjunct instructor in the Fort Hays State University master’s program and is a member of the FHSU Ed.S. advisory council. He is a graduate of the KASB’s Leaders for Tomorrow class of 2014-15, and has been a professional development leader and designer. He also organized a bond issue in Fairfield, and has been the district budget writer.

A native of Lakin, Reed earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from FHSU, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American in track and was on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all-conference academic team.

Reed and his wife, Chelsea, will move to the Winfield area with their two children, Tyler, 7, and Teryl, 4.

Dr. Reed is currently serving as the Superintendent in USD 310, Fairfield, KS.  He is in his 5th year in this position.  Previously, Dr. Reed served as a 6-12 school principal in Deerfield, Kansas, and as an elementary assistant principal in Wichita. Dr. Reed also taught at the elementary and middle school level and coached at the middle and high school level. 

Dr. McPherron is currently serving as the Superintendent and elementary principal in USD 359, Argonia, KS.  She is in her 16th year in this position.  Previous to being named USD 359 Superintendent, Dr. McPherron served as elementary principal in Argonia and as an elementary teacher in Wichita. Dr. McPherron has also taught as an adjunct professor at Wichita State University.  

Mr. Lowers is currently serving as Executive Director of Special Education, Central Kansas Cooperative in Education, Salina, Kansas.  He is in his 5th year in this position.  Previous to being named Executive Director, Mr. Lowers was the Assistant Director of Special Education.  He has also served as a middle school principal and assistant principal, and as a 7-12th grade principal.  Mr. Lower has  served as a counselor and high school teacher.  He has also taught as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges and universities.

USD 465 Selects Finalists in Superintendent Search

USD 465 Board of Education (BOE) met in a special meeting Wednesday, January 24 to select finalists for the superintendent’s position.  Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) representative, Craig Wilford, presented the BOE with 17 applicants’ resumes to replace outgoing Superintendent, J.K. Campbell. 

Scheduled dates and finalists are as follows:

Monday, January 29 – Dr. Nathan Reed, Superintendent, USD 310 – Fairfield, KS.

Tuesday, January 30 – Dr. Julie McPherron, Superintendent, USD 359 – Argonia, KS.

Wednesday, January 31 – Mike Lowers, Executive Director of Special Education, USD 305 – Salina, KS.

"We believe, with the guidance of KASB, we have selected three strong candidates." stated BOE President, Lyle Weinert. 

Each Candidate will be in the district for a full day of meetings with district administrators, teachers, and staff, touring facilities, attending receptions, dinner, and interview. 

Staff, students, and community are encouraged to attend receptions in the Board Room at William Medley Administration Center each day. Receptions with teachers and staff will be from 4-4:30 p.m. Receptions with students and community members will be from 4:30-5 p.m. Media are invited to a special media reception from 5-5:15 p.m. 

At 5:30 p.m. each evening the BOE will hold a special meeting for dinner then recess and re-convene at William Medley Administration Center for the remainder of the interview process in executive session. 


4 months ago

January is School Board Recognition Month, and students and staff want to express appreciation to these community leaders who volunteer countless hours to provide leadership for our public schools.

“Our board of education members lead by example,” said J.K. Campbell, USD 465 Superintendent. “They do their homework and come prepared to listen to reports and make decisions in the best interest of all children in our community. They also attend specialized professional development to stay on top of education issues and trends, and represent our district on other committees and advocacy events. And they do all of this because they are committed to public education and creating opportunities for all children in our community.

School board members in Winfield develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of $41 million, 2300 students, 500 employees including staff of the County-wide special education cooperative, and 8 buildings.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to formally say ‘thank you’ to each of them,” said Campbell

This year, elementary and middle school students – under the direction of their art teachers – made these art posters for you.  Students made the hands reaching upward toward the stars.  On the back is the Kansas State motto, Ad Aspera per Aspera, “To the Stars Through Difficulty.”

The men and women serving USD 465 and their years of service are Lyle Weinert, President; Jamie Kaiser, Vice President; Ed Loeb, Tim Nihart, Julie St. Peter, Craig Thompson, and Brent Wolf.

USD 465 encourages the entire community to thank a school board member, not only this month but throughout the entire year.

Addressing the BOE

12 months ago

Members of the Board of Education are interested in receiving opinions of patrons but must also accomplish the business of the meeting. Therefore, visitors who wish to speak to items on the agenda will be granted up to three minutes to address the board on pertinent matters.

If a concern has not been taken through the chain of command prior to being presented to the board, the board will refer the complaint to the superintendent for resolution. Personnel matters are not a topic for the public comment portion of any board meeting and will not, to the best of the president's ability, be allowed as a presentation topic.

Persons in the audience may express opinions on agenda items at the discretion of the board. Registering to address specific items may be done with the available request form. These guidelines have been developed to give patrons an opportunity to address the board in an orderly and constructive manner.

  • Presentations shall not exceed three (3) minutes.
  • Subject matter, other than policy issues, will be referred to the administration.
  • Comments shall be limited to issues and not refer to specific personnel.
  • Presentations must be relevant to the issue and promote the civility and dignity of the board meeting.
  • The president will manage the public forum and inform participants that the board will not engage in the discussion except for clarification.

To place items on the agenda, the patron must follow board policy and submit a request to the superintendent. The president of the board will have final approval of items to be placed on the agenda.

The Board of Education must vote to approve the agenda as presented. The president of the board will determine if the patron will be given time during public comments to address the agenda item, or if the board will go to a hearing format on that particular agenda item.

Requests to comment during the board meeting must be received by the clerk prior to the board meeting formal call to order. The board president will recognize speakers in the order the requests are received.