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Three Open Seats on Shawnee Mission School Board, Only One Contested

Voters in the Shawnee School District will have one choice to make in the April general election. Two candidates are vying for an open seat, while two incumbents have re-filed and are running without opposition.

Incumbent Cindy Neighbor and challenger Mark Read are competing for Position 6. Donna Bysfield (Position 2) and Craig K. Denny (Position 4) have filed to retain their seats.

Both Neighbor and Read have campaign websites.

Read also has information about his campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

The Shawnee Dispatch has published profiles of Neighbor and Read.

And the Prairie Village Post has published an article about the competition for Position 6.

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 Shawnee Mission school board race are available from the Johnson 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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