Board of Education

board of education

Board Meetings

Regular meetings of the Board are on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Administration Center, 1520 N. Plum. Meetings may be moved to district schools from time to time.

Board agendas are available on the Friday before the Board meeting at http://go.boarddocs.com/ks/usd308/board.nsf/public

District Mission/Vision/Core Values

Mission: “Students will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to be college and career ready.”

Vision: "Today's students prepared for tomorrow’s world."

Core Values: “Honor, persistence, compassion, scholarship and excellence”

Approved by Board on Nov. 11, 2019

Operating Norms of the Board of Education

Adopted by the USD 308 Board of Education on Dec. 8, 2003

  • First and greatest concern is for students, their learning and their welfare Be courteous to each other

  • Express personal opinions, but once the Board has acted accept the will of the majority

  • Keep the confidentiality of privileged information, especially in executive session

  • Be responsible for establishing policy and hold the superintendent accountable for seeing that the policies are administered

  • Make no promises or commitments on behalf of the Board. Be proactive, rather than reactive. Make decisions using deliberate process - receiving information, discussion, dialogue and action

  • Everyone should have a fair chance to discuss what is on his/her mind


Meet the Board

Greg Meredith

Greg Meredith - Board President

Term Expires:
January 2024

Greg Meredith has been serving on the USD 308 Board of Education since 2015 and currently serves as President of the Board. Greg has been a resident of Hutchinson since 1986, minus the 10 years he lived in Arizona. Greg also serves on the ESSDACK Board.  In addition to serving his community, Greg’s passion is reading, spending time with family, and collecting coins. Greg is the Vice President of Compliance & Ethics for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and its affiliates.

 Greg’s vision for USD 308 is to provide a safe, respectful, and civil environment where every person and child’s potential can be fully realized.  He loves being a part of a school district where the staff cares deeply about students and their success.

Lance Patterson

Lance Patterson - Board Vice President

Term Expires:
January 2024

Lance Patterson has been serving on the USD 308 Board of Education since 2015. In addition to being a board member, Lance has also served in the roles of Board President and Vice-President.  Lance works in the non-profit youth development career field and has been mentoring youth through the Boys and Girls Club of Hutchinson since 2004, the same year he became a Hutchinson resident.  In September 2022, Lance became the Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson. His hobbies are attending K-State football games, golfing, and spending time with family.

Lance’s vision is for USD 308 to be an integral part of the community. He believes that by connecting the larger community to the school community, we will create a sense of belonging for our students and a sense of responsibility for our community to ensure students can be successful.  Lance believes serving on the school board provides him the opportunity to play a small role in the success of future generations through the opportunities that public education provides.

BOE president

Valarie Gibson-Smith

Term Expires:
January 2024

Valarie has been a resident of Reno County her entire life and has been serving on the USD 308 Board of Education since 2017.  Valarie is the co-owner of Hayden’s & Co. Salon; she has worked in the cosmetology industry since 1995 and has been a local small business owner since 2014.  Valarie enjoys spending time with her daughter and supporting her at school events, and she also enjoys supporting the downtown community and other small businesses.

Valarie has previously served on the committee that produced The Salty Dawg Festival, which helped raise funds to build and support the Hutchinson Animal Shelter.  Additionally, she has participated in USD 308 budget focus groups and previously served as the PTO Treasurer for Graber Elementary. Valarie’s vision for Hutchison schools is to continue toward innovative educational endeavors where each student receives the best education for his or her individual needs.  Valarie is proud to serve on the Board of Education; she believes that by doing what is right for students will help our schools, staff, families, and community thrive.

Ron Fisher

Ron Fisher

Term Expires:
January 2024

Ron Fisher has been serving on the USD 308 Board of Education since 2020 and has been a resident of Reno County since 2010.  Ron’s vision for the district is to empower leaders to raise up both students and staff by providing them with the tools necessary to navigate a path to achieving their greatest potential.  In addition to serving on the school board, Ron has served previously on the Hutchinson Housing Commission.

Currently, Ron serves as a government employee for the State of Kansas with the Department for Children and Families as the Director of Organizational Health and Development. In his spare time, he enjoys lake life, boating, and meaningful conversations with friends.  One thing Ron loves about serving on the school board is having the potential to influence a new generation.

Kail Denison

Kail Denison

Term Expires:
January 2026

Kail Denison has been serving on the USD 308 Board of Education since 2015 and currently serves as the Vice-President. Kail began her professional career at the University of Iowa in Pediatric Cardiology and Preventive Medicine, which led her to her current position of auditing clinical trial data for new medications and medical devices prior to FDA approval.  Kail has been a resident of Hutchinson since 1999. She has volunteered in Scouts BSA for 18 years and enjoys empowering youth and teaching leadership skills in the great outdoors.  In addition to USD 308, Kail serves as VP of Advancement for Quivira Council, Boy Scouts, Rise Up Reno, and Head Start.

Kail’s vision for USD 308 is to provide opportunities for all students to excel and for each student to graduate with the skills and tools needed to be successful in any endeavor they choose to do in life. She believes there is no other organization in which she can serve that has the potential to dramatically impact our entire community. Education provides that opportunity and with opportunity comes choices and empowerment.

Laura Corey

Laura Corey

Term Expires:
January 2026

Laura Corey has been living in Hutchinson since 2005; she began serving as a USD 308 Board of Education Member in 2022. Laura is a Licensed Specialized Clinical Social Worker and provides counseling services to individuals, families, and couples in her private practice.  In Laura’s spare time, she loves spending time in the outdoors with family, listening to audiobooks, and walking their dog.

Laura has previously served the Hutchinson Community by being a member of the following boards: YMCA, Reno County Health Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters. She believes USD 308 is a pillar of our community that provides world-class opportunities in an integrated, supportive, and collaborative culture while preparing students and staff to reach their highest potential.  What she loves about serving on the USD 308 Board of Education is the people. Laura sees USD 308 as a thread of the community connecting us all.  “Once a Salthawk, always a Salthawk!”

Cheryl Thompson

Cheryl Thompson

Term Expires:
January 2026

 

Cheryl Thompson has been serving on the USD 308 Board of Education since 2022 and a Hutchinson resident since 1992.  Cheryl has spent her career working in HR management, the medical field, and is a retired Registered Nurse. Her hobbies are swimming and gardening.

Her vision for USD 308 is to create a culture where academics take a primary focus, achievement scores soar, and district enrollment increases.  Cheryl is honored to serve on the USD 308 Board of Education, where she can represent her constituents.  She enjoys being a voice for the public and being able to serve with such remarkable and dedicated school board members. Cheryl believes foremost that we must make it a priority for all children to find success and reach their fullest potential.