Henry Sandate, an insurance agent from Shawnee, will fill the remainder of former trustee Bob Drummond’s term.
Sandate has served on the boards of several organizations in the Kansas City area, including the Johnson County Community College Foundation, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.
Drummond announced his early resignation in January, 2016., with two years left in his elected term. Sandate will serve until January of 2018, when Drummond’s term was set to expire. Elections will be held after January, 2018, in which Sandate will be allowed to run.
A total of five applicants presented last night, and took questions from the board. In the final round of voting, the choice came between Sandate and Melody Rayl, a former board member and lawyer at Fisher & Phillips, LLC.
Ultimately Sandate was chosen because of his passion for education, and the local community. Sandate in his presentation to the board stressed his experience growing up, and how that influenced his philosophy on education.
“I can’t imagine education meaning more to any individual, than it means to him. And I think that tipped the scales for me between two outstanding finalists,” said board Chair, Greg Musil when he announced his vote for Sandate.