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.
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 HadenVice President
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.
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.
Dr. Beth HudsonMember
Dr. Beth Hudson began working for Geary County Schools as a bookkeeper at Junction City High School, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1985. Since then, Dr. Hudson worked as a first-grade teacher at Jefferson, Ware, and Eisenhower Elementary School, an assistant principal at Ware Elementary School, director of elementary education, associate superintendent, and interim superintendent before retiring. She and her husband have been residents of Geary County for over 40 years. As a Board member, Dr. Hudson hopes to help strengthen Geary County Schools' legacy as a leader in education, ensuring relationships across the district are built on mutual trust and understanding.
Mark Hatcher has been the lead pastor at Junction City Church of Nazarene since October of 2017. He and his wife, Amy, have been married 23 years and have four children, all of which attend Geary County Schools. Hatcher's church supported Franklin Elementary School in the past, and now supports Washington Elementary School. Hatcher's main goals as a Board member are to ensure district staff knows they are valued, respected, listened to, and fully supported, thus helping boost morale, and to be a voice for them, the students, and the community.
Dr. Jason ButlerMember
Dr. Jason Butler is a graduate of Eisenhower Elementary School, Junction City Middle School, and Junction City High School, Class of 2004. He and his wife, Casey, have three daughters who attend Geary County Schools. Dr. Butler is a family medicine physician at Geary Community Hospital, previously working as the Director of Medical Services at Irwin Army Community Hospital and deploying with the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 299 BSB for nine months to Skwierzyna, Poland as the battalion surgeon during Operation Atlantic Resolve. As a Board member, Dr. Butler hopes to provide proactive rather than reactive leadership by evaluating and improving school lunches, focusing on teacher retention and recruitment, as well as continually working with the local medical community and health department to safely wade through the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19.
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.