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Help Wanted: New Member for NKC Board of Education

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

North Kansas City’s Board of Education will be appointing a new member to a vacant seat in late April.

Tammy Henderson submitted a letter of resignation to her colleagues last week. Also in April, voters will be filling three other open board seats. Two incumbents and three newcomers are vying for the three positions up for election. However, Henderson’s resignation came too late for her position to be placed on the ballot. Therefore, the appointee will serve until the April 2013 election.

Anyone who is eligible and interested in replacing Henderson on the board for a year should submit a letter of application. Letters are due no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.

The board will interview final candidates in an open meeting on Tuesday, April 24, and make an appointment that same evening. Because the appointment comes after the election, the board may have the option of selecting  an incumbent who is not re-elected by voters.

In addition to being taxpayers who have lived in the district for at least a year, applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 24 years old, according to Missouri statute.

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 serving a one-year appointment on the North Kansas City School District Board of Education should mail or deliver their application letters to Becky Shaul, Board Secretary; NKC Schools; 2000 N.E. 46th St.; Kansas City, MO 64116.

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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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