School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Ken Ogden

School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Ken Ogden
Tuesday Apr 9, 13

Using an application and interview process, the BHM School Board selected Ken Ogden to replace outgoing board member Dave Wilson. Wilson announced in February of his decision to step-down from the board stating that he wanted to focus more on work and family.

Ogden has lived in Buffalo since 1973. He and his wife Lynn have three children who all graduated from Buffalo High School. Ogden was hired as the manager of the Insurance Center of Buffalo in 1977. He later purchased the business in 1989 and sold it in 2011 before officially retiring in December 2012. His list of community involvement is long ranging from a variety of leadership roles from the Buffalo Chamber, to the Buffalo Rotary to Safe Communities of Wright County. Ogden coached 7th, 8th and 10th grade football for many years and more recently started the middle school mentoring program through Rotary.

When asked why he wanted to serve on the school board, Ogden responded, "I think that it's a belief of my own that everyone should 'spend their time in the box.' Everyone has a certain skill set, and I think you should give of yourself if you have some talent for it. I think the children in our community are vitally important. You measure a community by its schools, and I think our schools are excellent." 

The board was looking for a candidate who would compliment the current board and help make them an even stronger, more diverse board. They were hopeful to find someone from the private sector, with a strong business background, and someone whose schedule was flexible enough to be available for board meetings, committee work and various other last minute school functions.

"All 10 applicants who applied were good options," explains BHM Board Chairperson Sue Lee. "We were very impressed with Ken. He has great knowledge of the district and a genuine care and concern for students. He is deeply connected to our communities and volunteers regularly in our schools. Ken has been interested in serving on the board for quite a few years and with his working knowledge of how boards function, he should get up to speed in no time."

Ogden believes some of the biggest issues in education today are finances, communication to all publics, and increasing the quality of education to students. "The most important of these is finances. Whether it's sports, music or any activity, finding enough funds so all children can participate is challenging."

Ogden's appointment was approved during a special board meeting prior to the April 8 board workshop. His term will continue until it expires on December 31, 2013. The seat will be up for election on the November 2013 ballot.