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Newly Elected Senator Lynn Rogers Will Keep Seat On Wichita Public Schools Board

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Lynn Rogers and a supporter out campaigning for his Senate run earlier this year.

After winning a seat in the state Senate in the general election, Democrat Lynn Rogers says he will continue to serve on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools.

State law allows those elected to state office to continue serving on local school boards. In 2000 former Wichita school board member Jean Schodorf chose to keep her seat on the board when she was elected to the Kansas Senate. Her school board term expired in June 2001.

In a tweet following Monday night's Board of Education meeting, Rogers said he doesn't feel it's right to leave the board now because of severe budget constraints the district will face in the upcoming year.

Rogers has been on the board since 2001. His current term expires in January 2018. Last year the district was forced to cut $22 million in expenditures. Part of Rogers' campaign for the state Legislature was focused on securing more funds for public education.

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