Board Member: Susan Newburger

Susan Newburger

6614 Royal Court
Parkville, MO 64152 
(816) 741-4830

Joined Board: 2010
Current Term: 2019-2022

About her:

I have always had a passion for public education and public service.

I retired from teaching in 2008 after 24 years in the classroom. I taught English Language Arts and Journalism at Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools. I also worked in corporate communications for 10 years.

I have lived in the school district for more than 30 years. My husband, Michael, and I hosted two foreign exchange students who graduated from Park Hill High School.

I received my undergraduate degree from Culver-Stockton College and my master’s degree from the University of Kansas.

I am an active member and officer in several volunteer and philanthropic organizations including the Kansas City Symphony Guild and the Bell Road Barn Players. My husband and I support many educational, public safety and cultural non-profit organizations.

I know the community, the district, the administration, the teachers, the parents, and the students. I have a unique combination of perspective and experience to continue to serve on the Park Hill School Board.

Why are you running for the Park Hill Board of Education?

I strongly believe that is the duty of the entire Park Hill community to provide the best possible education to all of our students. I take that obligation very personally, even though, like nearly two thirds of the taxpayers in this district, my husband and I do not have children who attend a Park Hill school.

I am passionate about the Park Hill School District. I want to continue my lifetime dedication to education and to the community by continuing to serve on the Park Hill School Board.

Because I am retired, I am often available to represent the Park Hill district when other board members cannot because of work obligations. In addition, I have represented the Park Hill district by serving on Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) Region 4 Regional Committee and state leadership committee. I also lead the process for two successful applications for the Outstanding Board of Education awards from MSBA.

I have worked hard to hone my skills to be an effective board member. I have earned the highest level, Distinguish Board Member Certification, from MSBA, recognizing more than 60 credits of education, advocacy and training.

What issues do you think most need the Board’s attention?

I believe that it is important to support and hold accountable, through board governance not management, our superintendent, Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, as she leads the Park Hill School District.

Public education continues to react to political and financial pressures. I believe that members of the school board school should be apolitical, but it is important to be an advocate for the children in the Park Hill District. Critical issues face the district on the state and national level, and I believe that I have the knowledge and expertise to be an effective voice. We must continue to be fiscally responsible and transparent with the public trust and funding.

Many other issues will need the Board’s attention including the implementation of the next five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan for the district and the execution of the district Enrollment-Based Long-Term Facilities plan. I am an advocate for the district’s strategies for school safety and security and the district’s focus on mental health for its students and staff.

And, as always, the Board must continue to make Park Hill the exceptional district that will build successful futures, for each student, every day.