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April Elections: Five File for Two Seats on Fort Osage School Board

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Fort Osage School Districe

Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Board of Education in the Fort Osage School District.

Two incumbents — Diana Rice and Ben Schloman — are running again. Joining them on the ballot are Michael Baker, James Calderon and Kelly Scott.

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.

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.

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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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