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School Board President Trains Others To Take His Place

School Board President Airick Leonard West.
Sylvia Maria Gross
School Board President Airick Leonard West.

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills that could eliminate the Kansas City school board, or even dissolve the district. 

So it might not come as a surprise that no one is on the April third ballot for three open seats on the school board. But recently, seven people have filed to run as write-in candidates.

School board president Airick Leonard West has been holding training sessions for would-be candidates and supporters. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross asked West about the future of the board in this current climate.  

Airick Leonard West, with his organization Kansas Citians United for Educational Achievement, is running School Board School tomorrow (Saturday, March 3, 2012) at Rockhurst Community Center. To RSVP or for more information, email unity@kcu4ea.org.

School Board Candidates in theApril 3rd Election:

1st Subdistrict: Arthur Benson, John Hile (both on the ballot)

3rd Subdistrict: incumbent Duane Kelly, Adam Schieber (both write-in)

5th Subdistrict: Demonte Rochester, Candace Koba, Curtis Rogers (all write-in)

At-large: Lyne't Smith, Lon Swearingen (both write-in)

The other seats on the Kansas City Missouri School Board are up for re-election in 2014. See a map of school board subdistricts.

This story was produced for KC Currents, which airs Sundays at 5pm with a repeat Mondays at 8pm. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KCCurrents podcast.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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