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.
Tom Brungardt taught social studies courses at both Junction City Junior High and Junction City High School. He retired in 2006 after thirty-one years in the field. In addition to serving of the Board of Education, he also is the President of the Board of Directors of the Konza Community Health Clinic. He also occasionally appears in productions of the Junction City Little Theater. Tom and his wife, Linda, live south of Milford.
Dr. Anwar KhouryVice President
Member of the USD 475 since 2007. Obstetrician/ Gynecologist in Junction City since 1996. Father of five children who attend/ attended USD 475.
Rina D. NealMember
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.
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.
LaDonna Junghans is an owner and agent of State Farm insurance and Financial Services in Junction City. She is passionate about Junction City, serving as a board member to several organizations. Her family is also rooted in Junction City as both sons returned to Junction City for their business careers.
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.
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.
CSM BristowFort Riley Representative
CSM Andrew T. Bristow II entered the United States Army on December 28, 1995 from Beltsville, Maryland. He has deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Dr. Beth HudsonInterim Superintentent
The Interim Superintendent of Schools oversees the operation of the district. Her role also allows her to visit schools in order to monitor operations and interact with students and staff. The Interim Superintendent provides guidance and direction to the district during her assignment.
Tina KauslerClerk of the Board
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.