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Marais des Cygnes District

MdC District Paola Office

Miami County
913 N Pearl, Suite 1
Paola, KS 66071
913-294-4306 office
913-294-4301 fax
Office Hours:
8-4:30pm M-F

Kathy Goul, FCS Agent-

Karla Hightower, 4-H Agent-

Katelyn Barthol, ANR Agent-

linn office

Linn County
115 S. 6th St.
P.O. Box 160
Mound City, KS 66056
913-795-2829 office
913-294-4301 fax
Office Hours:
8-4:30pm M-F

Franny Eastwood, FCS Agent -

Abbie Powell, 4-H, ANR &
District Director- abbie2@ksu.edu

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District Governing Body

On July 1, 2014 - the Marais des Cygnes Extension District #16 was formed by merging the Miami County Extension Council and the Linn County Extension Council.

In 1991, the Kansas Legislature passed an act permitting two or more county extension councils to form a district to deliver the extension program. In 1994 the first district in the state was formed. With the formation of the Marais des Cygnes District, there are now sixteen extension districts involving 45 counties in Kansas.

The Marais des Cygnes Extension District relies on strong local governance.

  • Each county in the district is represented by four district governing body members.
  • The initial eight board members were appointed by the county commissioners and will be elected, in the future, in an election that is conducted by the election officer or county clerk in each county.
  • The District Governing Body, in partnership with the Area Extension Director, is responsible for leading the educational program and developing and approving the budget

District Board Members:  Chair: Jennifer Haley, Vice-Chair: Alan Billesbach, Secretary: Janet Reynolds, Treasurer: Debbie Wakefield, Treva Broyles, Lisa Wilson, Laura Davids & Kitty Rhynerson

The district governing body organizes annually by electing from among its members a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, and treasurer.

The governing body is responsible for planning and conducting the district's educational program. The governing body appoints program development committees to plan educational programs based on extension work in agricultural pursuits, in family and consumer sciences work, in 4-H Youth Development work and in economic development initiatives. Each program development committee consists of at least six members from each county. An elected member of the governing body serves as chair of each program development committee.

Marais des Cygnes District Board Documents