The Geary County Schools USD 475 Board of Education is a policy-making committee of elected officials who serve the district and community through their elected term.
The job of members is to set policies for operating the schools and to employ staff to carry out its policies. It adopts a budget and oversees how it is spent. Members hire the superintendent to serve as its chief executive officer and act upon his or her recommendations.
There are seven members who are elected at-large for four-year staggered terms during elections which are held in November of odd-numbered years. Members serve without pay.
Rina D. NealPresident
Rina D. Neal is a native of Junction City. She has over 15 years of Public Administration experience in municipal government and non-profit sectors. Her goals include engagement of parents and community partners; exploring opportunities for students; staff recruitment and retention; and long term fiscal responsibility.
Jim SchmidtVice President
Jim Schmidt is proud to call Junction City his adopted hometown. He is excited about the opportunities that this community provides given its diversity and rich heritage. When they are not busy with family farming activities, Jim and his wife, Sarah, enjoys attending and supporting a wide range of events that their 4 children participate in within the community and USD 475.
David Walker is a native of Junction City and graduated from Junction City High School. He has managed and owned several businesses in Kansas. He is also civic orientated as member of many organizations in the area.
Ron Johnson grew up in Junction City and graduated from JCHS. He has 3 children attending school within the district. During the day, Ron can be found at the Jim Clark Auto Center, where he has been a sales consultant for several years.
Kristy Haden and her husband moved to Junction City for his job in law enforcement. She has 2 children that attend school in the district. Her youngest attends the Early Childhood program, and her oldest is in 2nd grade. During the Day, Kristy is the Deputy Clerk for Wabaunsee County. She is also a certified EMT.
Sarah Talley is a native of Junction City whose children also attended USD 475 schools. She has 32 years of experience in the field of education. She is also active in the community as a member of several organizations.
Dr. Reginald EgglestonSuperintendent of Schools
The Superintendent of Schools oversees the operation of the district. His role also allows him to visit schools in order to monitor operations and interact with students and staff. The Superintendent provides guidance and direction to the district during his assignment.
Tina KauslerClerk of the Board
Col. Will McKannayFort Riley Represenative
Col. McKannay originally enlisted in the Army, earning a commission in 1997 after graduating from Northern Arizona University through the Green to Gold ROTC scholarship program. His military career has included tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Col. McKannay is a recent graduate of the UnitedStates Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
CSM SpeichertFort Riley Representative
A list of meeting dates and locations for the year is available upon request and online. The location of board meetings is announced in the Daily Union and on KJCK. The board president or the superintendent may also call a special meeting if necessary.
The board welcomes the community to its meetings. As taxpayers and patrons of the school district, the Geary County Schools community is part owner in the public school system. The Board of Education wants to be responsive to the community they serve and all members of the public it represents.