Martin elected President-Elect Designee of Kansas Association of School Boards

Amy Martin, a member of the Olathe USD 223 school board, was elected President-Elect Designee by the Kansas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly on Sunday during KASB's 97th annual conference in Overland Park.

Martin will start serving her term as President-Elect on July 1, 2015 and assume the Presidency on July 1, 2016.

Speaking to the Delegate Assembly, Martin said one of the most pressing needs of supporters of public education was to advocate on behalf of local schools in the face of well-funded detractors who are wanting to reduce school funding and implement private school vouchers.

"Public schools really are the cornerstones of our communities," Martin said.

In nominating Martin, who was unopposed, school board members C. Patrick Woods of Topeka USD 501 and Margaret Nightengale, president of the Ulysses USD 214 board, described Martin as a dynamic school leader.

Nightengale said Martin became a strong public school advocate when she found that a parochial school couldn't meet the needs of her oldest daughter but the public school did. Now her oldest daughter will soon receive a master's degree.

In addition to serving on the Olathe school board, Martin has held a number of positions with KASB in addition to serving on numerous local, regional and national education-related boards. She also has been a leader in local community and professional areas. She and her husband, Derek, have three college-age daughters.

Martin earned a bachelor of science degree from Creighton University and worked for many years as a programmer and systems analyst. In 1996, she left the workforce to stay at home with her children and over the years developed a passion for photography, which has developed into a successful portrait business.

Martin said KASB must continue to be the most trusted voice for education in Kansas. She said supporters of public education must improve communicating and networking in order to build support for schools.

KASB is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving members of governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers. The association serves a membership base of close to 5,000 school board members and educational leaders.