Jana Shaver of Independence was elected chair of the Kansas State Board of Education and Sally Cauble of Liberal was elected vice chair during the board’s first meeting of 2013, on Jan. 15 and 16 in Topeka.
The board elects new leadership every two years. Shaver replaces David Dennis of Wichita, who chose not to run for re-election to the board in 2012. Cauble replaces Carolyn Wims-Campbell of Topeka, who was re-elected to a second term on the board in 2012.
Shaver began serving on the state board in 2007 representing District 9. She served as the board’s vice chair from 2009 through 2010 and has served as chair of the board’s policy committee. Prior to joining the state board she served for more than nine years on the Independence Community College Board of Trustees and was elected president of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees for 2005-06. She is a former teacher and curriculum coordinator in Kansas schools.
Cauble also joined the board in 2007 representing District 5. In her time on the board, Cauble has served on the Teacher Licensure and Accreditation team’s Professional Standards Board and the board of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. She has also represented Kansas on the Interstate Migrant Education Council and as a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In addition to her position as vice chair, Cauble was also appointed to serve on the board’s communications committee and the education system coordinating council. Cauble has been a teacher in Kansas schools and served eight years on the Liberal school board and nine years on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.
Also in January, four new board members were sworn into office. Steve Roberts of Overland Park replaces Sue Storm, who did not run for re-election to the District 2 seat on the board; Deena Horst of Salina replaces Kathy Martin, who did not run for re-election to the District 6 seat on the board; Jim McNiece of Wichita replaces Dennis in representing District 10 and Kathy Busch of Wichita defeated Dr. Walt Chappell in the primary to represent District 8.