Former Buffalo High School activities director Jan Johnson was elected to the Johnson County School Board on Monday night.
Johnson was elected by the board with five of eight votes to complete the remainder of Tim Blaney’s term, which expires in December 2020. Blaney resigned in November citing health concerns.
Zach Davis and Valerie Spanos had also applied to fill the vacancy.
Johnson said she was motivated to apply for the board position after decades of working in the district.
“As I stated in my letter to the board, Johnson County schools have never been a job for me, it’s been my life work,” she said. “They have supported me in my professional growth as a PE teacher and a coach, and I ended with being activities director and Dean of Students, and I just felt like it was my time to give back to the board and community.”
Johnson began her career with the Buffalo High School staff in 1985. She first coached the volleyball team and taught physical education at the high school, then was appointed the role of activities director and eventually became the dean of students.
In 2010, after 25 years with the program, Johnson retired, only to come out of retirement in 2014 to fill the roll of activities director while the district completed a candidate search.
“I really don’t have an agenda,” she said. “I don’t have any children in the school, I don’t have a spouse who works for the district. I just have a passion for all the students. It’s the school board’s responsibility to provide the best education we possibly can to all of our students. I just hope I can do the best job possible.”