Kansas City school board member Gunnar Hand will step down early this summer and leave for Los Angeles, where Hand said he will be opening a city design studio for the Skidmore, Owings and Miller architectural firm.
Ashley Hand, his wife, will be leaving her City Hall post as Kansas City’s chief innovation officer working in both the mayor’s office and city manager’s office.
“We’re sad to leave behind family and friends and the work we are doing in Kansas City,” Gunnar Hand said.
Their departure, which will likely come in June, will leave a vacancy on the Kansas City school board for the 2nd subdistrict where Hand’s term runs until 2019.
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State law requires Kansas City’s school board to hold a special election to fill the seat — which would occur most likely in November.
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