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.
Kristy Haden and family moved to Junction City in 2014 and have two young children in the school district. She is the Office Manager at Jim Clark Chevrolet, and is also a State and Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician. In her free time, she enjoys watching her children participate in activities like softball, baseball, soccer, taekwondo, and many other interests. When the weather is nice you will find her and her family at the lake with friends enjoying the sunshine. Kristy is proud to call Junction City home for her family and looks forward to continuing to make this the best school district and community for all.
Dr. Beth HudsonVice President
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.
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.
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. Michael FooteFort Riley Representative
Col. Michael Foote has served at Fort Riley since July 2022. He was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1999 at the University of Oklahoma. He has deployed multiple times, including to Afghanistan and Iraq. His most recent assignments include Garrison Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Greeley, Alaska, and Special Forces Branch Chief at Human Resources Command.
CSM Jason PoulinFort Riley Representative
Command Sergeant Major Jason Poulin has served at Fort Riley since June 2022. He entered the U.S. Army in March 2002 and has been stationed at Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Benning, GA; Fort Wainwright, AK; Fort Bliss, TX; Shaw AFB, SC; and Fort Hood, TX; as well as an earlier assignment at Fort Riley. He has deployed multiple times, including to Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea.
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.