By JUDY SHERARD
Those who tune in to the Hays USD 489 Board of Education meetings will see a familiar face at the board table.
Elizabeth Jaeger, who has been serving as board clerk since January, has resigned, and the administration is recommending the board appoint deputy clerk Cheryl Shubert as board clerk until the position is filled permanently. Shubert serves as accounting director and was the board clerk from November 2012 until Jaeger was appointed.
Jaeger, assistant to the superintendent and public information officer, has worked at USD 489 since January 2007.
She was hired as administrative assistant for then Superintendent Fred Kaufman, and also worked for former superintendent Will Roth and current Superintendent Dean Katt.
Jaeger said her job has evolved with each superintendent.
"When Fred was here, I truly was an administrative assistant," Jaeger said. "I did a lot of secretarial and clerical work for him. With Will, when he stepped in, he gave me an opportunity to stretch myself management-wise. I tend to be pretty well-organized, so he let me implement some of those (organizational strategies) in different places in the district that just needed some extra attention or focus at the time. With Dean, (the job) has been less of an assistant and more of a partnership. I think that's been out of a necessity to start and be right up to speed with everything that's going on."
"She's one of the most dedicated, hard-working people I've ever worked with," Katt said. "She's done an excellent job."
The relationships she's built in the district, and the expanding use of district technology along with others in the district for online applications and enrollment as well as social media, are what she's most proud of during her tenure at USD 489.
Jaeger said she will miss all the faces.
"When working in a school setting, even if there's no direct interaction (with students), you still see the results of everybody working towards a common goal. It's exciting every year at the end of the year to see that list of scholars and scholarships at Hays High."
Jaeger has taken a position as corporate brand manager at Eagle Communications.
"It was an opportunity that doesn't present itself very often, especially in a city the size of Hays," she said.
It was time to "take that leap and try something new -- stretching myself a little bit, a new challenge."
"Elizabeth will greatly be missed as she was a true asset to the district, but we understand and are excited for her and her family in this new endeavor," James Leiker, board of education president, said in a news release.
A native of northern California, Jaeger earned her undergraduate degree in California and her master's degree in Oregon.
She and her husband, John, a beef cattle scientist at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, have four children -- Cora, Amelia, Tygh and Levi.
The district is taking applications for Jaeger's job, a 12-month position.