Shimkus elected president-elect designee of Kansas Association of School Boards

Don Shimkus, Oxford USD 358 board of education president, was elected president-elect designee by the Kansas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly December 8, 2013, in Wichita. Shimkus will begin serving his term as president-elect on July 1, 2014, and assume the presidency of KASB July 1, 2015.
 
“I’m honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me by my peers,” Shimkus said, “KASB provides invaluable service and support to Kansas schools, and I take very seriously the great responsibility entrusted to me of leading this organization.”
 
KASB is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas and serves members of governing boards for unified school districts, community and technical colleges, cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers. The association serves a membership base of close to 5,000 school board members and education leaders.
 
“These are challenging times for public education, but with great challenge comes great opportunity,” Shimkus said. “We all need to join together and do what is best for kids.”
 
As a member of the Oxford Board of Education, Shimkus has served in a variety of capacities.  He served as vice-president of the board for two years before being elected president.  Shimkus also served on the district’s special education interlocal board for three years, the negotiations team for one year, the technology team for three years and on the strategic planning committee.  He currently serves as the district’s Governmental Relations Network representative to KASB.
 
In addition to his commitments with the Oxford Board of Education, Shimkus served the KASB Board of Directors as a regional vice-president.  He is a graduate of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program and served on the association’s Legislative Committee and on the special committee on funding public education.
 
Shimkus’ leadership roles extend beyond public education.  He is currently vice-president of the Sumner County Leadership Initiative, a position he has held since 2012.  He has also sat on the Oxford Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals and participated in the Kansas Leadership Center’s Community Leadership Summit and their Facilitator Workshop.
 
Shimkus earned his bachelor of music degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., and his master of music degree from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan..  He is the general manager of Music Scene in Andover, Kan., where he repairs instruments, gives private music lessons and performs professionally as a woodwind player.  His interests include the extracurricular activities and sporting events of his two sons.
 
“I am committed to the success of all Kansas kids, and look forward to working on a state-wide level to make sure every community has the resources and support it needs to provide a great public education,” Shimkus said.
 
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