Board of Education

Shawnee Heights USD 450 Board of Education are patrons of the district who volunteer to serve the students, staff, and families of the district. Meetings are held twice monthly, usually on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are open to the public and are usually held at the Shawnee Heights High School. Details about a specific board meeting can be found on the district calendar.

Please use our Chain of Communication Chart when you have questions or concerns. This will allow us to address your question/concern in a timely and effective manner.

Board Members

Rocky Busenitz

Rocky Busenitz

President

busenitzr@usd450.net

Position: 2B

Term: January 2020 - December 2023

“I’m a 1994 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and attended both Tecumseh North and Shawnee Heights Elementary schools. I’m a graduate of both Washburn University and Baker University and have been working in the IT field for over 23 years. My wife, Jenessa, and I have a daughter Aubrey (Class of 2015), and 4 sons: Chase (Class of 2018), Orrin, Parker, Quinn. We knew we wanted to raise our family in Shawnee Heights schools because of the excellent educational and extracurricular opportunities and a strong sense of caring demonstrated by the teachers within the district.

While serving on the Shawnee Heights Site Council and the District Advisory Council, I saw many of the needs within the district. I decided I could help serve those needs by running for an open school board position. I strongly believe in providing students and teachers the tools they need to be successful. I believe that pairing technology in the classroom with our excellent teachers is a tool for success and student achievement. I'm also passionate about efficiently improving facilities so we can provide more and better academic and athletic opportunities for all of our students. Shawnee Heights has an excellent reputation, and I plan to keep providing students and teachers the tools they need so they can excel in school and their careers.” 

Rosa Cavazos

Rosa Cavazos

Vice President

cavazosr@usd450.net

Position: 4A

Term: January 2021 - December 2025

“I grew up in Topeka and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School and then Topeka High. I then pursued two degrees at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where I majored in Sociology and Communications with an emphasis in media management. After the birth of my oldest son, Sage, we moved to Santa Maria, California where I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years after having my other three children, Luke, Hope, and Faith. In 2005, after a lot of research, we moved to the Shawnee Heights district when I determined this was the best district for my family. I have not been disappointed. I have been involved in the district since moving back home. I have served as Secretary, PTO President twice, PTO VP twice, Carnival Chair for 10 years, and Site Council at SHES. I have served on Site Council at SHMS and High School for 9 years, and I helped start the SHHS Boy's Swim Team and the SHMS Dance Team. I also served on the board for the SHHS Boy's Soccer Team. I love being a part of the Shawnee Heights family.

I serve on the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Board of Education because I have always wanted to give back to the district in a greater capacity. I have always wanted to make a difference, to learn and listen to patrons in our district, and to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students and continued support for the best teachers in our state.”

Eric Deitcher

Eric Deitcher

deitchere@usd450.net

Position: 3C

Term: January 2020 - December 2023

“I was born and raised in Topeka and graduated from Topeka West High School in 1984. I graduated from Washburn University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1990, the same year I married my wife, Tiffany. I work for the Federal Highway Administration as a Transportation Specialist for the Kansas Division. Tiffany and I have two boys, Zach and Mason of which Zach graduated from Shawnee Heights in 2017 and Mason is currently a 7th grader in the Shawnee Heights Middle School.

We moved into the Shawnee Heights School District in 2000, and once our oldest son entered school at Berryton Elementary, I decided to get involved with their PTO. Serving in many roles, I eventually became their PTO President. While serving as the Berryton PTO representative to the District Advisory Council, I felt the need to serve in a capacity that would help the entire Shawnee Heights District, so I decided to run for the open school board position. I enjoy serving on a Board that continues to work together to provide the best educational opportunities for our students and the needed tools for our District employees.”

Christina Flaming

Christina Flaming

flamingc@usd450.net

Position: 6C

Term: January 2022 - December 2025

"Following my 1984 graduation from Herndon USD 317, I attended Marymount College in Salina for 3 yrs. I moved to Germany as an "Army wife" for almost a year and returned to the US and moved to Texas. I finished my BSN at the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, while my former husband was stationed at Fort Sam Houston. My eldest son was born in Texas.

Shortly after his birth we returned to Kansas, living in Wichita for 10 years where my second son was born. There I worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Wesley Medical Center and later with the pediatric cardiologists at the Wichita Clinic. I applied and was accepted for a nurse anesthesia program at Newman University. After completing my MSNA (Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesia), I moved to Topeka for a position at a local health care facility. After years of working, I applied for, was accepted in, and completed my doctoral program, attaining my DNAP (Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice) at Virgina Commonwealth University in Richmond.

It was during my doctoral program that I took a class in adult education, and also in the policy and politics of health care. I had never had a notable interest in politics, but through that class, I had the introduction. I've been to Washington DC twice and to several national conferences for our profession. I have attended hearings and meetings with Kansas legislators as well as attending meetings with some regional health care providers regarding legislation and issues in my profession. I served on my profession's state association board a total of four years.

I have been married to my husband Greg since 2005, which is when I moved to Shawnee Heights area. All three adult children (2 sons and a step daughter) and 3 grandchildren live within 45 minutes of my home. My two sons graduated from Shawnee Heights and I have a grandchild in the school district."

Erica Price

Erica Price

pricee@usd450.net

Position: 5B

Term: January 2021-December 2025

"I am from Louisburg, Kansas and I am one of five siblings. I graduated from Louisburg High School in 1996 then to Johnson County Community College where I graduated with two associates degrees, one as a sign language interpreter. Although I've held a job since I was 14, I began my adult life working at Elmont Elementary school in the Seamen School District as a sign language interpreter in 2001. I continued working for Seaman until our son came along in 2005. His arrival compelled me to be a stay-at-home mom. It turns out mom's don't get to stay home. While I’ve ‘stayed home’ I’ve served on the Heights of Learning Board, the Tecumseh North PTO, Tecumseh North Site Council, District Advisory Council, Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation, and now the Shawnee Heights School Board.

For years, I thought it was my husband's calling to run for the school board, but I realized it was actually mine. Education is always evolving, and I am proud to be a part of the collaborative effort to keep Shawnee Heights moving in the right direction. Our district strives to make every student successful in their own way, and it's important to me to keep that momentum. It's an honor to serve the teachers, students, and the patrons of Shawnee Heights."

Jason Schulz

Jason Schulz

jason.schulz@usd450.net

Position: At Large

Term: January 2020 - December 2023

"I am originally from Allegan, Michigan, and am the oldest of three kids.  I graduated from Allegan High School in 1988, and followed that up with an Associate’s Degree in Secondary Education from Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  I enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard in early 1995, and trained to be an Electronic Warfare specialist.

I married my wife, Shirley, in December of 1995.  I was still living in Michigan, taking care of family and military obligations.  I moved to Kansas in mid-1996 and transferred to the Kansas Air National Guard a few months later, retraining into Information Management.   During my tenure in the Air Guard, I was a traditional Guardsman; however, I also held a full-time position for a few years.

I graduated from Washburn University with two Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, and picked up classes in Technology Administration later.  Over the years, I’ve been employed in a variety of Information Technology positions.

Shirley is a Shawnee Heights graduate (Class of 1986), and she and I decided that our children would be as well.  We have three boys—Thomas (2015), Robert (2018), and Ian (2021).

My grandmother was an elementary school teacher for many, many years.  Many of the people I look up to are educators.  Education is very import to my family, and Shirley and I have worked to be as active as possible in our boys’ education, trying to explore as many experiences as we can through school, 4-H, and other avenues.

I originally ran for the School Board in order to be more involved in my boys’ education, and am receiving an education of my own about the complexities and logistics of running a school district.  I have developed a far more robust respect for educators and administrators as they navigate the daily trials of education.  I strive to balance the needs of our administrators and teachers, the parents, and our students but, in the end, we are all here for the kids.  Everything we do needs to have them in mind, even if that means some adults aren’t happy.

I appreciate the trust that our patrons, our community, our personnel, and our students have placed in the Board to serve our students and ensure that they get the best education possible."

Lauren Tice Miller

Lauren Tice Miller

ticemillerl@usd450.net

Position: 1A

Term: January 2020 - December 2023

“I am a graduate of Shawnee Heights and was raised in a family where education was not only a passion; it was a priority. I have always believed that there is no such thing as too good or too much when it comes to education. This remains true today.

The quality of education I received from Shawnee Heights prepared me for success at Kansas State University where I earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Communication Studies and a Certificate in Technical Writing. I’ve also recently become a Certified Digital Marketing Leader from the Digital Marketing Institute, an internationally recognized program.

I’m currently the Communications Director for Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. In all, I have more than 10 years of experience in the communication field, including teaching public speaking and English Composition at the collegiate level, serving as the Assistant Basic Course Director for public speaking, working in communication, marketing, and event planning roles for non-profit associations, and owning my own business.

I was elected in April 2015 as the 7th woman in the history of the district to serve on the school board. In addition to serving on the Shawnee Heights School Board, I serve on the advisory board for the graphics technology program at Washburn Technical Institute and the Board of Directors for Community Action, Inc.

My husband, Matt and I, have three children - James (6th grade), Arianna (3 years old), and Adeline (infant).

I moved back to the school district after college, knowing it was where I wanted to raise my family. After getting involved in Cub Scouts, PTO, and my son's classroom, I decided I wanted to do more for the district.

It is an honor to serve as a school board member. I work to ensure Shawnee Heights provides – as it has done for years – the quality of education that is essential to creating well-rounded students who are prepared for a world of opportunities. This includes working to recruit and retain quality teachers, increasing communications between the district and patrons, and increasing academic rigor for students while also practicing fiscal responsibility.”