It took Kay Coen a while before deciding that filling her late husband’s seat on the Blue Springs Board of Education was the right thing to do.

It took Kay Coen a while before deciding that filling her late husband’s seat on the Blue Springs Board of Education was the right thing to do.


“I had to think about it,” she said of her decision. “I had to take some time and go over some things in my mind before I decided to do this.”


Coen was sworn into office Monday during the Blue Springs Board of Education meeting. She will fill the seat of Jim Coen, her late husband, until the April 3 election.


Kay Coen is a retired educator, serving as a library media specialist in Blue Springs for 27 years. She retired in 1997, but has remained active in the school district alongside her husband, Jim Coen. He served on the board for 12 years, including as president, vice-president and treasurer. He died unexpectedly in August.


“We are so glad to see her take this seat,” said Rhonda Gilstrap, president of the board of education. “We are thrilled to have her and look forward to the future working as an incredible team.”


Kay Coen said she plans on running for the seat that her husband filled in the 2012 elections. Whoever wins the seat will serve the remaining two years on Coen’s term.


“He (Jim) was the teacher representative on the board, and I wanted to continue in his footsteps,” she said of her decision to serve on the board. “I wanted to follow through with what he wanted to do. I felt like this was the best decision.”