2017 Board of Education Candidates

Nov. 8, 2017 Update ~ Brian Geary was elected to the Olathe Board of Education on Nov. 7 to fill the seat being vacated by board member Mike Poland who has served since 2005. Board members Brent McCune and Amy Martin were re-elected to four-year terms on Nov. 7. All three terms will begin Jan. 8.

 

Three area patrons have filed for three seats on the Olathe Board of Education. An election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, with advance voting by mail beginning Oct. 18 and advance voting in person starting Oct. 30. Patrons may vote for one candidate for each position. Those elected will begin their four-year terms Jan. 8, 2018.

Each candidate was asked to share biographical information for district staff and patrons.

Position 3 Candidate (northwest part of district)

photo of board candidate Brent McCuneName: Brent A. McCune, 10890 S. Hastings St., Olathe, (913) 238-8000, bamccu@gmail.com

Family: Jenny, spouse of 36 years; daughters Jessica and Katie are graduates of Olathe South High School; granddaughters Scarlett (4) and Vanessa (2) and two grandchildren are due in November

Occupation/Employer: Financial advisor for 32 years; president and owner of COBLE MCCUNE Wealth Management

Qualifications: I have served four years on the Olathe Board of Education; president for the 2017-18 school year; vice president for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 years. I was appointed and served three years on the Kansas Association of School Boards Legislative Committee.

Priorities: Attract and retain the very best educators for our schools; funding and achieving financial stability; continue to align resources to ensure our students are college- and career-ready

Civic Involvement: I continue to be actively involved in many community and regional organizations including the Overland Park and Olathe chambers of commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.

 


 

Position 5 Candidate (east part of district)

Amy MartinName: Amy Martin, 12455 Rosehill St., Overland Park, (913) 782-3239, amymartinathome@me.com

Family: My husband, Derek, and I have three daughters who graduated from Olathe schools.

Occupation/Employer: I am self employed.

Qualifications: I have served eight years on the Olathe Board of Education, including a term as president. I have also served in several capacities at the Kansas Association of Schools Boards, including as president.

Priorities: My priorities are managing our budget responsibly, hiring and retaining quality staff, and implementing the new Kansans Can vision in our schools to focus on the success of each student.

Civic Involvement: Over the years I have been involved in several civic organizations including the Olathe Rotary Club.

 


 

Position 6 Candidate (northwest part of district)

Brian GearyName: Brian Geary, 12061 S. Troost St., Olathe, (913) 782-4860 or (913) 526-4536, commercebrian@yahoo.com, https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Geary.4.Olathe.School.Board/

Family: Wife — Heather Bradley-Geary, children — Bre (sophomore at Olathe Northwest High School) and Micah (seventh-grader at Prairie Trail Middle School)

Occupation/Employer: Vice president at Bank of Blue Valley — Olathe

Qualifications: I served on the Ravenwood Elementary Site Council, and have been on the Olathe Public Schools Foundation board since 2012 (serving as president for the 2014-15 school year). I was a member of the Citizens for Excellence in Olathe Schools (CEOS), 2016 Bond Task Force, and was an advisory member for the Business Finance Academy.

Priorities:

  1. Wise investment of tax dollars to reinforce our community's commitment to excellence and quality
  2. Steady leadership in the changing public education landscape
  3. Be a voice for patrons, students and educators, collaboratively
  4. Help lead the district with continued focus on preparing our children for their future

Civic Involvement:

  • Board member for the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, 2011-16 (treasurer for two years)
  • Graduate of Leadership Olathe 2009
  • Graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program
  • Board member for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Overland Park
  • Johnson County appointee for the Community Advisory Committee of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Volunteer youth sports coach through YMCA and Kansas Rush Soccer
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