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Voters Have Another Chance To Meet USD 259 School Board Candidates

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USD 259 Board of Education candidates Betty Arnold, Ben Blankley, Julie Hedrick, Trish Hileman, Debra Washington, Mike Rodee, Walt Chappel, Shirley Jefferson and Ron Rosales during the Voter Empowerment forum last month.

Currently, there are 10 candidates vying for positions on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education. During a forum that takes place this Saturday, they'll field questions about their qualifications, what they see as their role on the school board and what they think the school's stance should be on teaching such topics as sex education, cybersecurity, AIDS and suicide prevention.

Forum organizer Martha Pint of Women for Kansas says people need to know what's happening in public education.

"They need to take the opportunity to voice their opinion and that’s with their vote," Pint says. "They need to know their right to pick any candidate in this election, so this would be a perfect opportunity to become informed on what those candidate positions are."

All eligible residents living in the school district can vote in every school board race. The forum begins at noon on Saturday at the Service Employees International Union building in west Wichita.


Carla Eckels is interim news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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