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grow. learn. achieve.

Our district needs a strong, experienced voice on the school board. If elected to serve another four years, you can count on me to remain engaged and informed about public education in Lawrence. You can also count on me to continue to be a strong advocate for the best interests of our community’s kids.

The past four years that I’ve served on Lawrence’s Board of Education have given me the opportunity to champion many important issues. When running for election in 2009, I said I would work hard to engage stakeholders when making decisions. As such, I’ve advocated strongly for the many community voices supporting neighborhood schools in Lawrence. I’ve championed processes that gathered a wide swath of community input to craft a bond proposal that will support facilities that bring our district and community pride.

Four years ago, I campaigned about the need to improve school lunches by giving students access to more fresh fruits and vegetables and to water during lunch time. During my term, many positive changes have been made, many due to changes in federal guidelines. However, I’ve served as an advocate for school gardens as an avenue to get kids more connected to their food. I also advocated for several key components in the bond issue that will help support our district’s ability to purchase and prepare more local produce in our food service programs.

Four years ago, I campaigned about the need for comprehensive, medically-accurate, evidence-based sexuality education. Working with the board policy committee, I helped our board craft and adopt a more specific policy that outlines these goals and dictates that the sexuality eduction provided at our schools must respect the diversity of our students and community.

about vanessa

I have a Master’s of Social Work from KU and a BS in Biology from Wichita State University. I live in North Lawrence with my husband, Jake, and our two daughters, the oldest of whom attends Woodlawn Elementary and serves as president of her student council.

My family moved to Lawrence 5 years ago, prior to our oldest daughter entering Kindergarten, in great part because of the excellent public schools. We are thrilled to be a part of the Lawrence community. I decided to run for school board out of a desire to contribute to ensuring Lawrence Public Schools continue to strive for excellence for all of our community's kids.

Community Involvement:

  • Board of Education member since 2009
  • Kansas Association of School Boards legislative committee member
  • Community Mercantile's Education Foundation board member
  • Douglas County Community Corrections and Youth Advisory board member
school bond issue

Shortly after being elected in 2009, I had the opportunity to tour all the district's facilities. It quickly became clear just how crucial it is for our community to reinvest in our buildings. After a great deal of community and stakeholder input, I’ve helped our board craft and champion a bond proposal that our community can be proud of, that will greatly improve each child’s public school experience without requiring an increase in taxes.

If passed on April 2nd, the $92.5 million bond proposal will allow our district to address a multitude of needs, including:

  • eliminating 11 portable classrooms
  • improving energy efficiency, saving over $280,000 annually
  • adding early childhood classrooms to accommodate community needs
  • expanding Career and Technical Education programming
  • preparing our facilities to deliver 21st century education by creating better classroom environments and improving technology

To learn more about the specifics of the bond proposal, click here!

If you are interested in joining the efforts to advocate for the bond’s passage, check out the Yes for Lawrence campaign.

vote april 2nd

I am confident that with the right leadership we can continue to build upon the success of Lawrence Public Schools. I would appreciate your vote on April 2nd.

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