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UPDATED Jan. 24: April Elections: Six File for Three Seats on North Kansas City School Board

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: North Kansas City School District

UPDATED January 24, 2012 — Bryan Mace has withdrawn from the election. He is no longer a candidate.

Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Board of Education in the North Kansas City School District.

Two incumbents — Melissa Roberts and Dixie Youngers — are running again. Joining them on the ballot are Jeffrey “Chip” Luerding, Bryan Mace, Aleasie “Lisa” Branch and Jay Wilson.

The filing deadline was Tuesday, Jan. 17, and the election will take place Tuesday, April 3.

To be eligible to run for a position on the school board, candidates must be at least 24 years old, U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers in the district. They must live in the state for one year preceding the election. In addition, they must “have a knowledge of and an interest in the welfare and educational opportunities of students.”

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.

Names will appear on the ballot in order of filing.

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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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