Board of Education

Our seven board members are elected by the Shawnee Mission voters. The board of education serves as the district's governing body in accordance with state and federal law. One member is elected from each of the district's five areas: East, North, Northwest, South, and West. Two members are elected as At-Large representatives for the district. All members serve without pay.

Board members are responsible for policymaking, adopting the budget, and approving personnel curriculum, and other business matters. The board hires the superintendent and oversees the superintendent's responsibilities and performance.

Board of education meetings are normally held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street, in the board room.  All regular meetings of the board are open to the public.

Board members value community input and welcome correspondence. 

Philosophy of Education*
The Shawnee Mission School District will provide comprehensive education in a secure environment of cooperation and mutual respect among students, faculty, families and the community.

Our curriculum will provide a rigorous academic challenge and reflect current knowledge of students and how they learn. Students will be offered an educational program appropriate for their needs, interests, and abilities. They will be taught the skills needed for successful living in a changing world.

The school, family, and community will work together to enable students to develop self-confidence, self-discipline, the ability to work cooperatively with others, aesthetic awareness, recognition of the inevitability of change, and a commitment to learning throughout life.

All students need to understand their individual rights, that responsibilities accompany those rights, and the heritage that assures those rights and responsibilities.

* Philosophy of Education statement is currently under review as part of the Strategic Planning Process.

For more information, please contact Terry Wintering, Clerk of the Board at (913) 993-6401 or​.​