• About the Board of Education

    Legal control of Unified School District No. 232 is vested in the seven member Board of Education, elected to staggered four-year terms. Any registered voter who resides within the boundary lines of the school district may run for election to the board. Six board members are elected to represent one of three geographic areas within USD 232. Each member must reside within those districts. The seventh position is designated at-large. School board elections are held every two years in November.

    Members of the Board of Education invite you to become involved with your school system and welcome your questions and comments. Use this webpage as a beginning guide to understanding the purpose of the Board of Education, its role, and how patrons can interact with the board. Requests for additional information may be directed to the clerk of the board.


      • Elected Officials

        USD 232 is served by seven Board members representing three board districts (two members each) plus one at-large position. Elections are held in odd-numbered years. Board members are elected to four-year terms. View a map of Board member districts.

        • Board Member Positions 1, 2, 3, and 7 (At-Large) will be elected in November 2027.
        • Board Member Positions 4, 5, and 6 will be elected in 2025.
        • Terms of office begin on the second Monday in January following the election.
        • If a primary election is held, voters vote only for the board member position in which they live and for the at-large position.
        • Voters within the school district voted for all positions during the General Election.

        Current Members

        Position #2
        Ashley Spaulding, President
        4508 Aminda Street, Shawnee, KS 66226
        Member since 2020 (Term Expires 1/2028) 
        Email Ashley Spaulding

        Position #3
        Stephanie Makalous, Vice President
        6835 Marion, Shawnee, KS 66218
        Member since 2020 (Term Expires 1/2028)
        Email Stephanie Makalous  

        Position #1
        Chad Philhour
        24805 West 78th Street, Shawnee KS 66227
        Member since 2024 (Term Expires 1/2028) 
        Email Chad Philhour

        Position #4
        Danielle Heikes
        29800 West 119th Street, Olathe, KS 66061
        Member since 2015 (Term Expires 1/2026) 
        Email Danielle Heikes

        Position #5
        Calley Malloy
        5315 Brownridge Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218
        Member since 2022 (Term Expires 1/2026) 
        Email Calley Malloy

        Position #6
        Brandi Jonasson
        21908 West 56th Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66226
        Member since 2022 (Term Expires 1/2026)
        Email Brandi Jonasson

        At-Large Position #7
        Anh-Nguyet Nguyen
        19304 West 64th Terrace, Shawnee KS 66218
        Member since 2024 (Term Expires 1/2028)
        Email Anh-Nguyet Nguyen  


      • Board Duties & Responsibilities

        Board members are responsible for developing and adopting policies that will guide the superintendent and staff as they provide for the education needs of the students, parents, and patrons of the district. Other duties include the following:

        • Setting goals for the district
        • Establishing operating policies for schools
        • Hiring and evaluating the superintendent
        • Authorizing the appointment of district staff
        • Authorizing curriculum development & revision
        • Establishing the operating budget for the district

        All policies established by the board must be consistent with the laws covering public education in the state of Kansas and must follow the guidelines of the Kansas State Board of Education.


        Board members receive no financial compensation for their service.

      About Meetings

      • Board Meetings

        Board meetings are held for the purpose of setting or amending school policies, acting on recommendations by the superintendent on matters including personnel, maintenance of facilities, adopting an operating budget, and authorizing the spending of district funds. An agenda is prepared by the superintendent and board president in advance of each meeting. The agenda is available on the Board of Education webpage prior to the scheduled meeting. Official minutes are available on the district website once they have been approved by the board. You are encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings, as the board actively seeks input from patrons. > Meeting schedule.

        The agenda and how to address the board

        Regularly scheduled meetings follow an agenda which is created using a basic outline:

        • Consent Agenda
        • Good News
        • Action Items
        • Discussion Items
        • Patron Input
        • Alerts (written reports indicating items that may require future action by the board)
        • FYI Reports (written reports to keep the board informed on a range of topics)
        • Executive Session

        The consent agenda includes the adoption of the current meeting agenda, approval of the minutes from the prior meeting, approval of the payment of bills, approval of the transfer of funds, and any action items specified on the meeting agenda.

        Patron Input (public comment)

        Patron input is accepted at all regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings. This takes place during the patron input time on the agenda and announced by the board president. Individuals will be asked to state their name and address, and to limit comments to a specific period of time. Complaints about individuals and other matters not suitable for a public forum will be referred to appropriate personnel and not heard at a board meeting. Patrons may also contact board members outside of regular meetings in order to share their thoughts and concerns.

        Who can speak?

        • Any individual - speaking for yourself or representing a group.

        When is public input accepted?

        • At all regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings.
        • During the public input time on the agenda.

        Before you speak

        • We ask that you please fill out a Request to Speak form prior to the meeting and return it to the clerk of the board. The form will be available at the site of the scheduled board meeting.


        • The Board president will announce the patron input time and, in turn, call the names of all who have submitted Request to Speak forms.
        • When your name is called, come forward to the speaker’s podium. Relax. The Board is happy to hear from you!
        • Give your name and address.
        • Make your remarks and try to be brief and to the point.


        • Individual comments will be limited to a maximum of three minutes. Depending on the number of patrons signed up to speak, time for patron input may be limited to 60 minutes in total.
        • During an open session, the board shall not hear personal attacks or rude or defamatory remarks of any kind about any employee or student of the school district, or any person connected with the school district.
        • The board shall not hear public comments containing vulgar or obscene language.
        • Any individual wishing to lodge a complaint regarding school personnel shall submit the complaint in writing to the superintendent of schools. If the complaint involves the superintendent, then the letter shall be submitted to the president of the board.
        • The Board president will stop any speaker who does not follow guidelines or use good taste and judgement.

        Board Response

        • In most cases, the Board will not respond to your remarks during the meeting. Later, it may gather more information and/or pursue your issue in a variety of ways.
        • If you have asked a question or requested an inquiry, the district may send you a response at a later time.
        • If you do not receive a follow-up letter, you can assume your remarks have been heard and placed on file for review.

        Open Meetings & Executive Sessions

        The public is invited to attend all open meetings. Occasionally, executive sessions may be held. Kansas statute limits the items that may be discussed in executive session to the following:

        • Non-elected personnel issues, in order to protect privacy rights
        • Attorney-client issues
        • Matters related to employer / employee negotiations
        • Confidential data related to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships
        • Preliminary discussions related to acquisition of real property
        • Matters affecting a student
        • Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, building or facility, or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such body or system.

        Any board action on any item discussed in the executive session must be taken in a public session.

        Special meetings may be called at any time. Agendas and meeting locations will be available prior to a scheduled meeting. This information is available from the office of the board clerk and the district website. Meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at the Board of Education, Administrative Offices - 35200 West 91st Street, De Soto, KS.

      Vision & Mission

      • Graphic with district logo with title "Vision and Mission, shaping our future"

        Posted September 6, 2017

        Unified School District No. 232 is promoting its new Vision and Mission following formal approval by the Board of Education in May 2017. The Vision and Mission represent a successful nine-month process of engaging various stakeholder groups within the district.

        The district hosted three community forums during the 2016-17 school year, launched a community-wide engagement survey, and met with students, parents, and employees to gather input regarding the direction of the school system.

        Engaging the USD 232 community was a critical part of establishing a vision and mission for our future.  The big question we must always consider is what we want our district to be for our students.

        The Vision and Mission will now drive future goals for the district, including strategies and action steps that may be adjusted by the Board of Education from time to time to ensure the system is on track to accomplish its vision. It will take collaborative parent-school-community partnerships to support the continued success of all students in USD 232.


        Maximize each student’s potential, through inspiration and discovery, challenging all students to become self-sufficient and positive contributors to society. 


        USD 232 will prepare all students for their future through excellent, innovative learning opportunities with caring, dedicated and passionate staff in a safe and secure environment. 


      • District Goals

        The Board of Education adopts organization goals on an annual basis to support the district's vision and mission. The goals fall under three primary categories:

        • Achievement
          Improve student achievement for all students while reducing the achievement disparities of various disaggregated groups.

        • Buildings & Budgets
          Maximize district resources and provide high quality facilities to enhance educational programs.

        • Community Engagement
          Work proactively with the community to improve educational programs.

        District goals, strategies and action steps may be adjusted by the Board of Education from time to time to ensure the system is on track to accomplish its vision. It will take collaborative parent-school-community partnerships to support the continued success of all students in USD 232.

        View proposed goals for the 2023-24 school year. (not yet formally approved by the Board of Education)

        USD 232 received full accreditation from the Kansas State Department of Education on May 10, 2022.  This achievement is effective from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027. 

        Learn more about the  USD 232 School Improvement including building and department goals.