Kansas State Board of Education

The state board oversees all operations, approves policy, provides accreditation, reviews budgets, and ensures that KSSB is providing services that are aligned with the state’s vision for all schools. The State Board acts as the board of education for the Kansas State School for the Blind. To learn more about their work go to the State Board of Education website.

Kansas State Board

This board meets twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. It serves to review the school’s activities and initiatives. The board provides feedback on ways the school can promote adherence to the mission, and it provides perspectives from consumers, parents, and teachers from the field.

Current Advisory Board Members

  • Tom Anderson
  • Anne Gurss
  • Jon Harding
  • Jeri Hile
  • Nancy Johnson
  • Aundrayah Shermer
  • Susan Stanzel
  • Estin Talavera

Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB)

KSSB is a member of COSB. This is a group of specialized schools and agencies in the United States and Canada. The focus of COSB is to improve the quality of services to children who are blind and visually impaired. For more information go to COSB Website.

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KC Blind All Stars Foundation

KCBAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the Kansas State School for the Blind. KCBAS believes in the unlimited potential of all youth in Kansas who are blind/visually impaired (B/VI). KCBAS believes youth who are B/VI can be valuable, contributing members of their schools and communities. Founded in 1973, the KCBAS Foundation provides financial support to programs and activities in the following “TEAM” endeavors: (T)echnology; (E)ducation, Employment, Entrepreneurship; (A)thletics and Extra Curricular activities; (M)usic and Arts; (S)kill-Building.

For more information or to make a donation, go to the KC Blind All Stars website or click on the Owl logo below.

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KCBAS Board of Directors

  • John DeLeon, President
  • Jon Harding, Vice-President
  • Larry Hisle, Secretary
  • Tom Johnson, Treasurer
  • Marites Altuna
  • Madeleine Burkindine
  • Amy Jungk
  • Julia Lynn


The Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award Program is designed to assist deserving post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired with their education.  Students are selected for the award based on a variety of factors that indicate their high potential to make our investment in their future a worthwhile venture.

The Kansas State School for the Blind’s 501 (3)(c) foundation, KC Blind All-Stars, is responsible for distributing the Gwendolyne Hawley Trust on behalf of the Hutchinson Community Foundation.  The late Mrs. Hawley, of Hutchinson, Kansas, left this trust to assist blind students with their post-secondary education.  The amounts of the scholarship award(s) have ranged from $500 to $1,800.

To learn about this scholarship award download the About the G. Hawley award in Word format or in pdf format

Instructions for the 2021 Application and Biographical Sketch – available in Word format or in pdf format

Student and Sponsor Application – Google Form

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