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No Choices for Voters in Blue Valley School District Board of Education Election

Voters in the Blue Valley School District will not have any choices to make in the upcoming school board election, unless they opt for write-in candidates. There are three open seats on the board, and the current incumbents — who have re-filed for those seats — have no challengers.

Blue Valley’s three candidates who have volunteered for another four-year term on the seven-member board are Sue Matson (position 4), Stacy Obringer-Varhall (position 5) and Mike Seitz.

Obringer-Varhall is the only one of the three who appears to have a website for voters seeking information about her campaign for re-election. She is also the only one who appears to have a Facebook page promoting her campaign.

Neither Matson nor Obringer-Varhall has yet responded to an invitation to complete the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey.

Seitz did respond, saying, “Thank you for the opportunity but at this point, I am going to decline.”

Some information about all three incumbents is available on Blue Valley’s Board of Education web page

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 Blue Valley school board race are available from the Johnson County Election Office

School board 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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