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Only One of Three Seats Contested in North Kansas City School Board Race

Voters in the North Kansas City School District will have one choice to make in the April general election. Four candidates — including one incumbent — are competing to fill a one-year term in office, while two other incumbents are running uncontested for three-year terms in office.

Dixie Youngers is the board member being challenged by Kevin Corlew, Lee Morris and Paula Pattillo for the one-year term. Terry Stone and Terrence R. Ward are the two incumbents who have filed to retain their seats.

So far, only Patillo has completed this year’s KC Education Enterprise candidate survey.

Three of the four candidates for the contested seat have Facebook campaign pages: Corlew, Pattillo and Youngers.

In addition, Corlew and Youngers have websites where voters can find information about their 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 North Kansas City school board race are available from the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners.

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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