ABOUT THE BOARD

Blue Valley Board of Education members live within their individual geographic member districts and are elected by a voting plan whereby six members live in geographic member districts and one runs at large. In a primary election, only residents from the geographic member district vote for the candidates. In all general elections, all residents vote for all candidates. This method reinforces the district's belief that all members represent all children in Blue Valley​.

Board members are elected to four-year terms. All seven serve the entire district without pay. A brief profile and contact information for each board member is given below.

OPEN BOARD OF EDUCATION POSITION

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(NE Area)

Due to the resignation of Pam Robinson, the board will appoint a board member to fill the remaining term through Jan. 13, 2020. Blue Valley patrons interested in applying for the open District 1 (NE) position should submit an application by noon on Aug. 6.


MICHELE BENJAMIN

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The 2017-18 school year marks Michele's first year on the Blue Valley Board of Education. She succeeds former board member Sue Matson as the representative for the northeast area of the district.

CINDY BOWLING
(VICE PRESIDENT)

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(913) 592-3399
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The 2017-18 school year marks the seventh year of Cindy's service to the district as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. She is board vice president for the 2017-18 school year. As a graduate of Blue Valley High, Cindy is a long-time member of the Blue Valley community. Engagement at the school and district level has always been important to her as both a parent and patron. She holds a medical degree, specializing in pediatrics. Cindy has a son and daughter who recently graduated from the district.

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PATRICK HURLEY​

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(913) 660-4238
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The 2017-18 school year marks Patrick's third year as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Rockhurst University and a juris doctor degree from Washburn University. He currently works as a licensed attorney. Patrick has been active in the community as a volunteer with the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club, the Johnson County Transit Authority Council and the Overland Park Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee. He served on several district committees prior to becoming a board member, including the Board of Education Finance Committee and the Blue Valley Educational Foundation Finance Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Allison, have lived in the district for 17 years and have two children attending Blue Valley Schools.

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TOM MITCHELL

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(913) 461-3149​
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The 2017-18 school year marks the seventh year of Tom's service to the district as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. He has lived in Overland Park, Kansas, the majority of his life and has been extremely active in the community including past chair of the Blue Valley Educational Foundation and past chair of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Community College Foundation, KSHSAA Board of Directors and Johnson County Economic Research Institute Board of Directors. He has a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a principal and marketing leader for an area corporation. He and his wife, Chanie, have two children who attend Blue Valley schools. Their oldest daughter graduated from the district in 2016.

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STACY OBRINGER-VARHALL
(PRESIDENT)

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(913) 451-2511
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Stacy Obringer-Varhall was appointed to fill an open position on the Blue Valley Board of Education during the 2012-13 school year and was elected in April 2013 to a four-year term of office. She is board president for the 2017-18 school year and also served as vice president in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Stacy attended Blue Valley schools and is a graduate of Blue Valley North. She has a bachelor's degree in international studies from American University. Stacy has been active in the community and school district in a variety of capacities for many years. She has served in PTA/PTO leadership positions as well as on the board of directors for the Blue Valley Educational Foundation. She and her husband, James, have two children attending schools in the district.

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MIKE SEITZ

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(913) 851-4039
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Mike began serving on the board of education in 2011. He is a longtime volunteer for Blue Valley Schools. Mike served as board president in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He served as a patron member of the board advisory committee for CAPS, the Board of Education Facility Planning Committee and past president of the Blue Valley West Wrestling Team Booster Club. Mike is a member of the Baker University Board of Trustees. He has also worked with youth through Boy Scouts of America, the Blue Valley Optimist Club and through executive leadership for the Blue Valley Recreation Commission. Mike graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in economics with an emphasis in labor relations and political science. He and his wife, Debra, have four children who all graduated from Blue Valley schools.

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CONTACTS

Contact​ the Board of Education & Superintendent​​​​

MEETING DATES

Board meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education Room at District Office.

  • July 17, 2017
  • August 14, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 11, 2017
  • January 8, 2017
  • February 12, 2018
  • March 19, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
  • May 14, 2018
  • June 11, 2018
  • June 28, 2018 (12 p.m.)
  • July 16, 2018