Wichita School Board

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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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The Wichita School Board decided first steps in the search for a new superintendent Monday night.

Current district Superintendent John Allison recently took a job with Olathe Public Schools and will be leaving at the end of this school year.

Board members were adamant about including the community in the process and voted to use an online survey to gather input. The survey will be available within the next few days. The results will be used to create a profile of characteristics necessary for the job.

The Wichita school district is considering revising its policy for reporting suspected abuse.

The revised policy would direct employees to call 911 immediately if they witness a situation "that may constitute criminal activity."

Wichita's school board will consider revisions Monday.

People were concerned that the current policy did not expressly direct teachers to call police, but instead required them to call district security.

Wichita's Board of Education voted 6 - 0 last night to relocate Southeast High School to a new location.

June 23, 2013
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The Wichita School Board will decide Monday the future of Southeast High School. The board is looking at options including a renovation of the school or building a new school and relocating students.