Phone: 785-330-1704


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Mrs. Shannon Kimball

2023-2024 Past President
Board Term: 2024-2026
Elected November 2023 to fill an unexpired term.
Committees: Facility Planning, Policy Review, Public Incentives Review Board
Liaison: Quail Run, Sunset Hill, West Middle School

I am excited and honored to serve our students and our community as a member of the Lawrence school board. Although our district faces many challenges, we have much to celebrate. I will work hard to carry on the tradition of excellence in our schools.

I grew up in western Kansas and earned my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from KU, and then my law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. I gained invaluable experience working with public schools, first, as an attorney in private practice, and then as an education specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. My husband, Jason, and I returned to Lawrence over a decade ago to raise our family. We have two boys and a girl.
Since joining the USD 497 board of education in 2011, I have served on numerous district committees, community committees, and site councils, including the board’s policy, facilities, and boundary committees, the City of Lawrence Public Incentive Review Committee, and as a liaison to the Lawrence Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, the Voter Education Coalition, and site councils including Deerfield, Quail Run, Langston Hughes, West, and Free State. I have also served in leadership with the Kansas Association of School Boards, including as president of the association for the 2019-2020 school year.
Thank you for your interest in Lawrence Public Schools. I encourage you to share your ideas and concerns with me.
Shannon Kimball