In the only contested Shawnee Mission school board race, incumbent Cindy Neighbor easily defeated challenger Mark Read on Tuesday.
By KAREN DILLON
The Kansas City Star
Neighbor received 60 percent of the vote to Read’s 40 percent.
Both candidates saw the school district as being at a critical juncture with a new school superintendent just hired in March.
Neighbor, who has served on the board 16 years and has been involved in the decisions that were made because of deep budget cuts in state funding, believes the board must be unified and will need to work well with the new superintendent.
Read, who promoted himself as the reform candidate, wanted to expand signature programs and the International Baccalaureate program, foreign language in all elementary schools and the use of tablet computers. He has initiated food composting in school lunchrooms in recent years.
Brent A. McCune defeated Carl F. Walston 73 percent to 27 percent.
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Voters returned incumbents Vicki Meyer and Evelyn Hudson to the board and veteran Richard J. Kaminski, who was ousted two years ago. Meyer received 26 percent, Hudson 21 percent and Kaminski 19 percent.
Janey M. Humphries, Tyrone Garner and Orechia M. Towers were defeated.
Voters returned three of four incumbents Tuesday and elected one newcomer Lee Cross to join the trustees.
Cross received 19 percent of the vote, and incumbents Stephanie Sharp, Jerry Cook and Melody L. Rayl received 20 percent, 18 percent and 16 percent respectively. Robert K. Drummond, an incumbent, and Richard L. Schroder received 14 percent and 13 percent of the votes respectively.
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