New Leadership Delivering Results for Kansas
Thank you for taking the time to “Meet Betty”. One thing that I hope stands out to you is my commitment to and for public education. My resolve for this institution is by and through my life experience and learning first hand the difference that education can make in one’s life. There are amazing results when a young mind is nurtured. Those results equate to individual success and economic stability for our state and nation as a whole. Thus, my reason to seek to represent you on the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education requires a unique blend of passion, a leadership style that reflects "We the people", and a clear focus on getting the job done. I am passionate about education and I believe that every student has skills and talents that if developed will lead that student to success! It is important that you know this before we journey through my strong belief in education.
In December 1975, I graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and shortly thereafter begun my career as a public servant with the Kansas Department of Labor. Shortly before retiring, I was elected to the Board of Education for USD 259 in Wichita. I served as the District One representative for 10 years. During that time, I was elected by my fellow Board members to serve as president of the Board twice and vice-president three times. Additionally, I was elected to represent my District as a Board member for the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Council of Great City Schools. I chaired the Sedgwick County Democratic Party and was selected as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Education as we know it was halted in March of this year due to the pandemic, something that none of us expected nor were we prepared with options of how do we continue to meet the needs of our students. Months later those guidelines or models are still absent with our State Board of Education offering no leadership and stating that each school district should figure out what they should do. Sound familiar?
If you believe that our students deserve better; if you believe that we need leaders willing to lead; if you believe that your voice can make a difference, then lend me your support and elect Betty Arnold for State Board of Education.