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Members of Wichita’s school board interviewed three candidates Wednesday night to fill the seat that opened up when former District 3 representative Barbara Fuller resigned last month.

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The newest member of Wichita's school board will be selected from three candidates.

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Wichita's Board of Education voted Monday to start the process of refinancing some of USD 259's bonds. The move could save the district more than $4 million, but only if they can pull it off before the end of the year.

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Wichita teachers voted to approve a proposed contract last night.

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Last week’s election was a test of the new voting schedule in Kansas. The new plan moved local elections to the fall instead of the spring during odd-numbered years.

State lawmakers changed the election schedule in 2015 as a way to increase voter turnout. In Sedgwick County, only eight percent of registered voters cast ballots last week.

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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.

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.