Seaman District investing in process to study district’s name

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Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:35 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Seaman School District is partnering with the Kansas Leadership Center in the next steps in reviewing the district’s name.

USD 345 is engaging in the review following an investigation by the student newspaper. It revealed evidence of district namesake Fred Seaman’s involvement as a leader within the Ku Klux Klan.

KLC will work with a 10-member advisory committee, which Superintendent Dr. Steve Noble appointed earlier this month. Together, they will create a process and timeline for engaging with the community, and bringing feedback to the USD 345 Board of Education.

So far, no decision has been made as to whether the district will make a change. The USD 345 Board of Education will make any final decisions.

Board members this week approved a contract with KLC. They will pay $30,000 for KLC to assist in training committee members and guiding them through the process of engaging the community and getting feedback. KLC will receive another $40,000 for conducting additional research and providing a written narrative on the entire process and feedback garnered.

District leaders say they partnered with KLC for their experience in leadership coaching and civic engagement initiatives.

Note: An earlier version of this story implied a decision already was made to change the district’s name. 13 NEWS regrets any confusion.

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