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Teresa Anthony Receives USD 507 School Board Recognition

By Brian Duran

(In photo (L-R) USD 507 Superintendent Mike Ward, Teresa Anthony, and USD 507 BOE President Stephanie Anton 

Teresa Anthony was recently recognized at a USD 507 Board of Education (BOE) meeting for 15 years of service to the district. Her resignation came only after she accepted the job as USD 507 K-12 counselor. Anthony said of this change, “Taking my position as K-12 counselor required my stepping down from my BOE elected position. I resigned from that position at the September meeting in order for the board to hire me for my new position. I started working in the capacity of counselor before enrollment, but everything was not official until after the September board meeting.”

The Satanta BOE consists of seven elected positions from across the USD 507 school district. Haskell County is split into two school districts (USD 507 and USD 374) that are further split into various districts. For USD 507, there are six districts and one at large position. Anthony noted that “Upon a resignation such as mine, the board has the right to post that position and people can apply to have their name voted on by the board to fill the remainder of my term, or they can choose to not fill the position.” At this point in time, Anthony’s position remains unfilled.

Anthony sees service on the BOE as a rewarding experience. Anthony said, “I served on the school board for several terms. It is humbling to be allowed to represent the community members in such a capacity. I learned a lot over the years and have been thankful to serve on a fiscally conservative board that could be creative with stretching tax payer dollars in a time when funding continues to be cut for our schools at the federal and state level.”

Anthony’s service as BOE member equips her to see the “other side” of education at USD 507 from a unique perspective: “I enjoyed serving alongside the other board members. I can look at things from an employment side differently after serving on the board for so many years.” In her first semester as counselor, Anthony has seen her role shift: “As the new counselor, I am excited to serve the community in a new way. I have been challenged in many capacities this year already. I have gone from being one of seven who are trusted with spending the precious dollars allocated for our district by taxpayers to one of many team members entrusted with the precious minds and hearts of the students in Satanta.”

Ryan Burrows, Satanta High School English instructor, said of Anthony: “Her continuing service to our students is a reminder to us all that as educators we hold the future in our hands.”