Wichita School Board

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

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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.

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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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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High school students in the Wichita School District had a chance to get to know the candidates who want to serve on their Board of Education.

At a forum Wednesday, and students were the ones asking the questions.

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The Voter Empowerment Committee held a political forum on Sunday with candidates running for Wichita City Council and the USD 259 School Board.

The forum gave voters a chance to meet and hear from candidates ahead of the election in November.

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Hopefuls who want to run for a seat on the Wichita City Council or Wichita School Board have until noon Thursday to file. A few of this fall’s races are already shaping up.

Three seats are up for election on the city council: In District 1, activist Brandon Johnson, businessman Mike Kinard, transit board member Janet Wilson and Pachyderm Club President John Stevens have filed so far. Councilwoman Lavonta Williams' final term ends this year.

Wichita School Board Names New Superintendent

Feb 21, 2017
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For the first time ever, Wichita Public Schools will have a female superintendent. 

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