I decided to run for the Board again because I enjoy serving on the board. I am passionate about our community and our schools. I want our kids to get the best education possible. I think we have great people workin in our distric and it is my pleasure to volunteer my time to be a part of a district that is focused on doing what is best for our kids.


Kim Stivers
Jobs Employed by Pratt Regional Medical Center since 2003 and currently the Director of Community Services.
Family Husband: Pat; Children: Easton, Sydney and Ivy.

Q: Why are you running for USD 382 Board of Education.

A: I decided to run for the Board again because I enjoy serving on the board. I am passionate about our community and our schools. I want our kids to get the best education possible. I think we have great people workin in our distric and it is my pleasure to volunteer my time to be a part of a district that is focused on doing what is best for our kids.

Q: : What challenges face the Board??

A: The biggest challenge facing the board will continue to be funding. Fortunately, we have a very good superintendent who has done an excellent job at leading us through these challnege sth last couple of years. Making cuts is never fun and not eveyone agrees with the dicision that were made but I think we have done a good job at keeping our teachers and staff employed and focused more on how to be efficient or as Dr. Davis would say “lean and green.”?

Q: What are your goals as a board member?

A: My goals for this position are to be open minded and fair.

Q: What is working well for the Board and what could be improved??

A: Our current school board has worked very well together and I’m looking forward to continuing to maintain and build good working relationships. There are definately going to be new people on the Board and I think that is exciting. All of the candidates runing for the open positions are good people and no matter who is elected, I think they will do a good job.

Q: What is your education background?

A: I graduated from Pratt High School in 1992 then graduated from Pratt Community College in 1997 and from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2000 with a degree in mass communications/public relations.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: I am a Rotary member and Rotary Board of Directors member, co-chair Pratt Public School Foundation, past president of Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and current Chamber member, member of Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators and Board of Directors member.

 Chris Pfannenstiel
Jobs Accountant for Lindburg & Vogel in Hays, chief financial officer for Rooks County Health Center, accountant for Kennedy and Coe in Pratt 2007 to present.
Family Wife: Michelle; Children: Nolan and Lauryn.

Q: Why are you running for USD 382 Board of Education?

A: I have enjoyed my time on the school bards and wish to continue to serve Pratt’s schools. Education is facing may challenges in Kansas and I want to be involved in the process to help tha school work through these problems. I have experience working with school boards and I have an accounting background that gives me strengths that I feel will be beneficial while serving on the Board.

The challenges that face our school system now will continue to affect our school in the future. With two children at home, I feel the time to get involved is now. NOTE: Pfannenstiel was originally appointed to the bard to fill the unexpired term of former Board member Kate Breeding who moved away.  

Q: What challenges face the Board??

A: As Topeka continues to deal with educational funding, dealing with those state budget shortfalls are the biggest challenge facing the Board. In Order to meet the challenges of reduced education funding, school boards have to be proactive in dealing with funding issues.

Q: What are your goals as a board member?

A: As a Board member I want to assist the Board and the administrations they deliver the highest quality education to the students and make decisions in the best interest of the students.

Q: What is working well for the Board and what could be improved??

A: I am pleased with the Board and their dedication to the students. The Board consists of high quality individuals who are focused on student’s interest. The Board and district as a whole must continually strive to improve in all areas so the students are ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Q: What is your education background?

A: I graduated from Udall High School in 1997, attended Tabor College from 1997 to 1999, attended Fort Hays State University from 1999 to 2002 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: I am a member of the First United Methodist Church Lay Ministries and have helped coach the Pratt Panthers in Pratt Recreation Baseball.