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Vote Tomorrow May Give Mayor Power to Appoint KCMO School Board Advisors

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The Kansas City, Missouri School District’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as paying bills and awarding contracts, members will consider making changes to the board intended to support the district’s effort to regain state accreditation. One agenda item is a possible policy change allowing the mayor to appoint a Special Advisory Board. Another item is a resolution in support of legislation to reduce the size of the Board of Education and give the mayor additional powers.

If board members vote to approve the policy change tomorrow, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., would have the power to appoint three people to advise the Board of Education. There would be no term limits for members of the advisory board, although the mayor would have the authority to remove them. Preference would be given to a parent of a district student for one position, although a position is not guaranteed for a parent. And all those receiving appointments to the advisory board would have to meet the same qualifications as at-large school board members.

A major difference between the school board and the advisory board is that only the elected body would have authority over the district superintendent.

Also tomorrow night, board members will consider a resolution supporting legislation that would remove two of them from office. Besides reducing the size of the board to seven members, the resolution would support additional legislation allowing the mayor to make appointments to fill vacancies on the board between elections.

The Kansas City, Missouri school board meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in Suite 1009; 1211 McGee St.; Kansas City, MO 64106.

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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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