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Five Campaign for Three Seats on Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Board of Education

Voters in the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville School District will have a choice to make in the April general election. Five candidates — including three incumbents — are campaigning for three open seats.

Incumbents who have volunteered for another term on the seven-member board are Jeff Barger, Ray Cox and Jeff Tinberg. Challengers are Chris McDonnell and David Toland.

So far, only McDonnell has responded to an invitation to complete the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey.

The local Bonner Springs newspaper — The Chieftain — has published responses to its survey from all five candidates: Barger, Cox, Tinberg, McDonnell and Toland.

None of the five appears to have a website or Facebook page where voters can locate information about these campaigns.

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. 

Sample ballots for the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school board race are available from the Wyandotte County Election Office.

Elections will take place Tuesday, April 2, on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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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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