Although there will not be an election for the Blue Springs Board of Education this year, all three returning board members are ready and eager to continue serving the students, families and patrons of Blue Springs.

Although there will not be an election for the Blue Springs Board of Education this year, all three returning board members are ready and eager to continue serving the students, families and patrons of Blue Springs.

Only two people filed for two three-year positions on the Blue Springs Board of Education. They were incumbents Kent Bradford and Jennifer Casey. In addition, only one person, Kay Coen, filed for the third open seat, which will be a two-year term. She will be completing the remaining two years on the original term of her husband, Jim Coen, who passed away last summer.

Bradford is a director with Hubwoo USA, L.O. and has served on the board of various community and professional organizations. He has two daughters who both graduated from the Blue Springs School District.

Bradford, who has already served 11 years on the board, said he wanted to run for another term to ensure that the school district stays economically sound and provides students and staff with quality educational opportunities. He said it is critical to have collaboration among administrators, staff and the community to be successful in all endeavors.

“Each of the current board members brings their unique skills to the table, from education, finance and small business to community service. My background includes strategic planning, technology innovation and business process improvement,” he said. “Together, we have been able to address the financial issues facing school districts while maintaining high educational standards and being recognized as the ‘Best Place to Work’ by the Kansas City Business Journal. I also want our community to continue to be the ‘Best Place to Live’ in Kansas City.”

Casey is completing her first term on the board and is vice-president of the Blue Springs South PTSA. She is also president of the Blue Springs South Cheerleading Booster Club, is treasurer of the Women’s Civic Club and is an advisory board member of both the Blue Springs EDC and Stand-Up Blue Springs. She works for the Internal Revenue Service. She and her husband have one daughter, who is a student at Blue Springs South.

Casey said she wanted to run for another term because she wants to do all she can for education. She said students must leave school ready for their futures, and the Blue Springs School District has a tradition of excellence that must be continued.

“Each of our board members has an important role. Doing what is best for our students and staff is always a central focus in making decisions,” she said. “I am a parent advocate and leader for education, our students, their families and our staff. I am also a strong communicator and can relay questions and information in the community, listening to our patrons and sharing this with district administration and board members.”

Coen is a retired school librarian with 30 years of service, 27 of which were at Blue Springs High School. She has been a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, the Missouri National Education Association and the Missouri Association of School Librarians. She has also spent 20 years volunteering for KCPT public television. Even though she is retired, she continues to volunteer with the softball and wrestling teams at Blue Springs High School and is a member of the Blue Springs Community Education Foundation.

Coen said she wanted to fill the remaining two years of her husband’s term so that she could continue serving the patrons of the Blue Springs School District. She said her years as a teacher and as a volunteer have given her a feeling of pride that she wants to share and hopefully cultivate in others.

“I think my history with the district gives me some insights that others may not have had the opportunity to share. I am dedicated to this district and community and cannot think of a better way to serve education and the community than in this role,” she said. “When you have concerned people with varying backgrounds serving on the school board, you have the opportunity for learning and growth and a broad perspective. I feel it is especially important that we all take a role in our community and education is so very vital for our future that I cannot imagine not being a part of this for our students.”