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Board of Trustees

The USD #257 Board of Education serves a dual role as Trustee of the Bowlus Trust.  This unique relationship was defined within the will of Thomas H. Bowlus and has been in place since 1961 prior to construction of the fine arts center.

  • Dan Willis, President
  • Jennifer Taylor, Vice President
  • Jennifer Coltrane
  • Doug Dunlap
  • Jerad Larkey
  • Tony Leavitt
  • Nancy Toland

Bowlus Commission

In the late 1980's, from the recommendation of the Bowlus Task Force, the Bowlus Commission was formed as an advisory board to the Trustees.  The Bowlus Commission meets monthly with the Executive Director regarding management issues and provides their advisory consent for any agenda item the Trustee's must officially vote on regarding policies, finances, maintenance, and operations of the Bowlus. 

  • Bowlus Commissioner, Iola, Mrs. Lori Finch
  • Bowlus Commissioner, Iola, Mrs. Julie Strickler
  • Bowlus Commissioner, Moran, Mrs. Julie Tholen
  • Bowlus Commissioner, Iola, Mrs. Susan McKinnis
  • Bowlus Commissioner, LaHarpe, Mrs. Tracy Lee
  • Bowlus Commissioner, Humboldt, Tony Works
  • Bowlus Commissioner, City Representative, Mr. Matt Rehder
  • Bowlus Commissioner, County Representative, Mr. Bruce Symes
  • The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is housed inside our building on the office level on the east side. It can be accessed through the east entrance.