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Applications are being accepted to fill an open seat on Wichita's Board of Education.

Barbara Fuller resigned last week due to moving out of District 3, which includes large portions of southeast Wichita.

Voters in the Wichita School District elected three new members to the Board of Education and re-elected the board president to a second term.

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While there are four seats on Wichita’s school board on the ballot on Tuesday, an additional spot on the board was vacated Monday night.

Barbara Fuller served on Wichita’s school board since 2007. She announced Monday that she was moving out of the district, and therefore had to resign. State Sen. Lynn Rogers and Fuller served together on the school board for a decade. Rogers says Fuller brought her years of experience in education to the role.

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The three women running for the District 2 seat on the Wichita Schools Board of Education have a record of volunteer service in the community.

The winner will replace Joy Eakins as the representative for the east Wichita district.

Candidate Julie Hedrick is on the board for Grace Med and previously served on several city boards. She spent 28 years working for the Wichita School District.

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The USD 259 listening sessions continue on Thursday.

Thursday night's listening session will take place at Chester Lewis Academic Learning Center, which houses the Wichita Adult Learning Center as well as several other alternative learning programs. Teacher Cindy McGilvery says she's glad for the chance to show what these programs do.

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The race for District 1 on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education is between a current board member and an engineer who works at Spirit AeroSystems.

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The Wichita Board of Education and United Teachers of Wichita have reached a tentative agreement for the 2017-18 school year.

The agreement includes a 3.95 percent base salary increase, with one salary step for all teachers who are eligible to advance, and an additional salary step for those teachers who are behind on the step schedule.

Longevity payments for veteran teachers will be unfrozen, and the district will return to the 190-day calendar and shorter school days.

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A group of eight former Wichita Schools Board of Education members issued a list of candidate endorsements for the BOE districts up for election next week.

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The current Wichita Public Schools Board of Education president is facing one opponent in the race for District 5.

Voters will decide next month if Mike Rodee gets a second term on the board or if challenger Peter Grant takes his place.

The District 5 candidates agree that bringing the latest technology to Wichita schools is important and necessary.

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Wichita State University will continue to offer a college-prep program for middle school students in the Wichita school district for at least seven more years.

WSU received grants worth $9.8 million for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

About 1,850 7th-grade students at nine middle schools will receive support throughout middle and high school, and into their first year of college.

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