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Four Seats Contested in Park Hill School Board Race

Voters in the Park Hill School District will have choices to make in the April general election. Eleven candidates — including four incumbents — are competing for four seats on the Board of Education.

Two incumbents are running for the two seats with three-year terms in office: Todd Fane and Susan Newburger. Challenging them are Jeffrey Goodwin, Sherri Scott and Edward Stephens.

One incumbent — Todd Burr — is running for the two-year term in office. Challenging him are Josh Blackman and Matt Pepper.

The incumbent running for the one-year term is Chris Seufert. Challenging him are Melinda Hardin and Bobbi Woodward.

Three candidates have completed this year’s KC Education Enterprise candidate survey: Blackman, Fane and Pepper.

About half of those running have Facebook campaign pages: Blackman, Fane, Hardin, Pepper, Seufert and Woodward.

Only two candidates have websites where voters can find information about their campaigns: Scott and Stephens.

All eleven candidates have profiles on the district website:

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 Park Hill school board race are available from the Platte County Board of Elections.

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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