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Four Candidates Competing for Two Seats on Raytown School Board

Voters in the Raytown School District will have choices to make in the April general election. Four candidates — including two incumbents — are campaigning for two open seats.

The incumbents are Bobbie Saulsberry and Rick Thode. Challengers are Pam Arlund and Ken Grist.

Three candidates responded to an invitation to complete the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey: Arlund, Grist and Saulsberry.

None of the candidates appear to have Facebook pages or websites where voters can find information about their campaigns.

Raytownonline.com published information about the two incumbents: Saulsberry and Thode.

The district website has information about the incumbents, as well.

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 Raytown school board race are available from the Jackson 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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