The election of the Kokomo School Corporation’s 2019 school board officers earlier this month carried a historical significance with it.
For the first time in its history, at least since KSC became an elected school board in the early 1990s according to Director of Communications Dave Barnes, an all-female board was in place following the Jan. 9 elections.
“Decision makers of schools historically have been male-dominated roles,” incoming board president Cristi Brewer-Allen said. “Kokomo School Corporation is fortunate to have seven women, elected by our peers, to lead our district. I could not ask to work with a more caring and compassionate group of women who view our Kokomo students as individuals, while believing education is a way to create productive human beings.”
Along with Brewer-Allen, the board consists of vice president Karen Sosbe, secretary Crystal Sanburn, and trustees Stephanie McClelland, Marsha Bowling, Lisa Hemmeger and Lisa Ellison.
Sanburn was re-elected for her third consecutive four-year term and Ellison was re-elected for her second consecutive four-year term during the Jan. 9 meeting. Hemmeger is serving as a board member for the first time.
“I am excited to have been elected to serve on this historic Kokomo School Corporation Board,” Hemmeger said. “I am proud to serve with these individuals who have demonstrated so much integrity. While serving on this Board, I know I will learn from my fellow Board members as we continue to prepare our Kokomo youth for success in learning and life.”