Also filing for the USD 383 school board Thursday was Katie Allen, of Manhattan.

In an emailed statement to KMAN Friday morning, Allen wrote:

“I am seeking a position on the USD 383 School Board because I want to support the success of our district, schools, staff, and students. As a mother of two children attending Manhattan-Ogden schools, I have a vested interest in the success of our district. I am passionate about public education and it is my top priority that our schools have the leadership and resources needed to ensure that every student succeeds. I believe that supporting our educators and staff are foundational to student success. While we are fortunate to have great public schools in our community, it is important to ensure that the investments we make moving forward lead to improved academic outcomes for all of our kids. As a school board member, I will bring the experience of 20+ years work on a wide variety of projects-from early childhood education and youth substance use prevention to building a high-quality educator workforce- all focused on helping kids to achieve academic and lifetime success.”

Allen is a mother of two children, who currently attend USD 383 and has experience in state and local education agencies. She currently serves as co-director of a regional technical assistance center that provides capacity building services that improve student outcomes to education agencies in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.

Allen was one of two nominees to fill State Sen. Tom Hawk’s seat last December, which ultimately went to Usha Reddi.

Allen becomes the eighth candidate to file for the school board.

The filing deadline is June 1.