Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

New Seaman Superintendent Applauds Random Drug Testing Efforts

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

New Seaman Superintendent Applauds Random Drug Testing Efforts

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During his first official board of education meeting as superintendent on July 11, Steve Noble told Seaman Unified School District 345 board members and staff he was reading the book, "Start with Why," by Simon Sinek.

Asking the "why?" questions when it comes to educating children, he said, is a key component of the philosophy he will be applying to the Seaman district in the coming months.

"It's very important to establish our 'why,' first and foremost," Noble said. "My 'why,' and I want to be very clear, is that I want to change the world for the better and I believe it starts with our kids."

While he began getting familiar with USD 345 soon after his hiring was announced in December, Noble said he will be spending more time listening to various stakeholders throughout the district in the coming months. He said he will be asking them what the district does well, what are the district's challenges and what are some suggestions going forward.

"One of the strengths we saw when we hired Steve was his ability to collaborate and build partnerships," said Fred Patton, recently elected to a fourth term as USD 345 board president. "For example, in Hillsboro, Steve was extremely successful in expanding career and technical opportunities for the students there.

"Like Steve, the board believes this should be an area of importance for our students. Not every student should be expected to go to a four-year college institution after high school. There are many high-paying jobs that require career and technical educations. As a district, we need to provide opportunities for our students to explore these career fields."

Noble said he plans to form a student advisory group with upperclassmen at Seaman High School whom he can meet with periodically to get feedback. He knows one topic he likely will hear about is how the random drug testing policy that was implemented in the fall of last year is going. …

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