I was encouraged to run by many people this time. I feel that with some of the members not running for re-election, strong leadership will need to be maintained on the Board. I think the Board will continue to be pressed with budget and funding issues from the State. I like to think my experience with budgets with my farming operation and former jobs would aid me in these decisions. The school district is very strong and I think I would be an asset in guiding the District through these trying years.


Chris Drake

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

A: I was encouraged to run from many people this time. I feel that with some of the members not running for re-election, strong leadership will need to be maintained on the Board. I think the Board will continue to be pressed with budget and funding issues from the State. I like to think my experience with budgets with my farming operation and former jobs would aid me in these decisions. The school district is very strong and I think I would be an asset in guiding the District through these trying years. 

Q: What challenges face the Board??

A: The state funding is not going to improve for several years. We have a great education system in Pratt. I feel as a board it is our responsibility to maintain and improve on our successes. The closing of Haskins, expansion at Southwest and moving classes to other buildings have been necessary and effective. There may be more tough decisions ahead and the administration will need help to achieve the goal of providing a quality educational opportunity for our children.

Q: What are your goals as a board member?

A: I would be a voice for the community on the Board while understanding that maintaining high quality education for our children is one of the Board’s most important responsibilities. The people of Pratt County should know that I will always work in the best interest of the students and community in relation to how I work on the board.

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

A: I want to commend the current board on the work they have accomplished to main tain a strong educational opportunity for the children of Pratt while looking to the future and being fiscally responsible and progressive enough to plan for the future.

Q: What is your education background?

A: I graduated from Pratt High School in 1990, graduated from Pratt Community College in 1992 with a degree in animal science.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: Member Pratt County Farm Bureau, former Iuka Assistant Fire Chief, current member Preston Fire Department, Pratt County Fair Association, co-chair Southwest Parent Faculty Organization, vice-president St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Ronni Smith

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

A: This might sound quaint but I think simply being of service to the community where one lives is a fairly strong motivation to run for an elective office. This community has been so gracious and accepting of myself over the last five years that I would welcome the opportunity to share of my time and life experience to hopefully make a difference in an institution that benefits our community. I have a vested interest in the youth of this district as I have children that attend USD 382. As a parent I feel I have insight into the needs and concerns of other parents and students. Honestly more than anything else I want to be a part of the decisions in how we fund and support learning as we prepare our kids for their future. I am eager to learn from the administration, employees and the students from our district.

Q: What challenges face the Board??

A: Obviously, the biggest challenge for any school board are the continual budget cuts. To help build support public support:?communicate effectively with the staff, school community and general public.

Q: What are your goals as a board member?

A: To Learn and gain knowledge, to collaborate with other board members so that the product of our efforts will be superior to the efforts of a single individual, to be fair, honest and open minded.

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

A: These are challenging times for public education and even more challenging for the work of local school board members. Our Board has been faced with very difficult decisions (i.e. closing Haskins, etc.) They have remained unified in their effort to do what they feel is best for their students, administration, employees and the public at large. 

Q: What is your education background?

A: I graduated from Mullinville High School in 1989, Barton County Community College associate in nursing in 1995, Tabor College bachelor’s in nursing in 2005.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: Pratt Pioneers 4-H Club leader, Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Program-graduation August 2010.