USD #342 School Board Elections
2019 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
The Kansas Constitution makes public education a state responsibility while at the same time providing for the operation of public schools by local school boards elected by citizens of the school district.
Close to 2,000 men and women guide Kansas public schools systems, employing more than 70,000 Kansans and serving nearly 500,000 children. Board members receive no pay for their service, only the satisfaction that comes from providing an indispensable public service!
The mission of the public school is to educate each child to their fullest potential. The local school board, an integral part of the American institution of representative government, acts on behalf of the people of each community to translate that education mission into reality.
In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed HB2104, changing local election dates, including the dates for local school board elections. Previously school board general elections were held in the spring of odd-numbered years. The new law requires these elections to be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd numbered years.
2019 is an election year for our local school board of education. A primary election must be conducted if more than three people file for the same school board position. The primary election, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Newly elected school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election. A school board member serves for a term of four years.
Any district patron who is a registered voter of the school district and lives in the area of the district for which they are seeking office may file for that position through the deadline of Noon, June 3, 2019.
Filing for Office
There are two ways to file as a candidate for election. The first is to file a declaration of intention to become a candidate and to pay a $20 filing fee to the county election officer of the county in which the district is located. A person may also become a candidate by filing a petition with the county election officer. The petition must contain signatures of 50 registered voters residing in the member district or geographic area from which the board member is to be elected or (with the exception of individuals running for at-large positions) 10 percent of such electors, whichever is less. No candidate may withdraw their candidacy after the filing deadline.
School board member districts up for election in 2019 are:
District #1 which represents approximately the northern third of the district presently held by Nathan Jolley
District #2 which represents approximately the middle third of the district presently held by Andy Sullivan
District #3 which represents approximately the southern third of the district presently held by Dean Wolfe
At-Large which represents the entire district presently held by Kim Troupe
For more information about school board members, please check out information on the Kansas Association of School Boards website.