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Help Wanted: New Board Member for Center School District


For the second time this year, the Center district must fill a school board vacancy by appointment rather than by election.

Board member Nicole Price submitted a letter of resignation to her colleagues last month. Because she is selling her house and moving out of district, she is no longer eligible to serve.

Anyone who is eligible and interested in replacing Price on the board until voters elect a new member next spring should submit a letter of application to the Center School District Board of Education. Letters are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Those interested in filling the vacant position must state their qualifications and reason for wanting to serve on the board.

The board will interview candidates and appoint one to serve until April 10, 2012. Applicants should be prepared to answer questions such as “Why didn’t you run for the board earlier this year?”, “What do you think is the most important role of the school district to its children?” and “Identify two specific issues that you would bring to the board’s attention.”

After an appointment is made, voters will have elected only five of the seven Center School District board members. Last May, Steve Stricklin received an appointment to replace Scott Taylor, who resigned to accept a new position on the Kansas City, Mo., city council.

In addition to being district residents, applicants must also be registered voters, according to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners.

School board members are citizens who volunteer without pay to determine the policies the superintendent uses to administer the district. The superintendent works for them, and they are responsible for tasks such as long-range planning, establishing the salaries and benefits of certified teachers, approving the annual budget and calling elections for tax levies and bond proposals.

Those interested in becoming the Center district’s new school board member should mail or deliver their application letters to Jan McMein, Board Secretary; Center School District #58; 8701 Holmes Road; Kansas City, MO 64131.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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