State Board of Education Elects Leadership for 2022

The Nebraska State Board of Education elected Patsy Koch Johns  as president and Robin Stevens as vice president during the January board meeting.

Patsy Koch Johns was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2016 to represent District 1.  Robin Stevens was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2018 to represent District 7.

Recognition of Newly Appointed Board Member

The board welcomed a new member this month. Kirk Penner was appointed by the Governor to the Nebraska State Board of Education.  Penner will represent District 5. His appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Patricia Timm in October 2021.

Penner is a business and community leader from Aurora with 16 years of experience on the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education.

Full Bios

Board Committee Revisions

The Board restructured the standing committees reducing the number from seven to four.  The new committees include the Executive Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Planning and Evaluation Committee, and Rules and Regulations Committee.

State Board of Education Committees

Public Participation at Board Meetings

Board members voted to adopt new procedures regarding public comment in meetings. The State Board of Education recognizes its obligation to help the public understand the operation of the Department of Education. The Board is also aware of the need for communication with citizens to permit the public to make its wishes known. In an effort to provide a procedure for public comment while allowing the Board to conduct its meetings in an orderly and efficient manner, regular public comment will be up to two hours with each individual allowed five minutes. Board members have the opportunity to change those limits at any time.

Public Participation Bylaw

Accept the Commissioner’s Proposed Plan for Use of the Remainder of American Rescue Plan (ESSER III) Funds

The Commissioner presented the NDE plan for the use of the remainder of the American Rescue Plan (ESSER III) funds as well as giving the board a comprehensive look at how federal funds have been used to date.

Plan for Use of Remaining Funds




ESSER Planning Document

Nebraska’s ESSER Plan