Wichita School Board

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Wichita School Board president Sheril Logan won a third term Tuesday night.

Logan received about 53% of the vote against Newman University's multicultural engagement director, Joseph Shepard.

Shepard ran an energetic campaign, though he highlighted few political differences with Logan. Instead, he emphasized bringing a younger voice and more diverse perspective to the board.

Nearly 80 voting sites in Sedgwick County are open Tuesday in the 2019 general election.

Voters will pick representatives for city offices and school boards, and decide a statewide constitutional amendment about the process for the census population count.

Wichita and 16 other cities have mayor or city council seats up for election. Ten school districts in Sedgwick County are looking to fill their Board of Education spots.

Wichita mayoral race

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Wichita's school board will have three seats up for election on Nov. 5.

But with Ernestine Krehbiel running unopposed for the District 3 seat, voters will instead focus on the candidates vying for the two other spots.

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The Wichita School District and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The district said in a news release Tuesday night that the one-year agreement includes a base salary increase of 3.5 percent. It also includes a longevity bonus for qualifying teachers and no increase in premiums for the employee health program.

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Don’t let the size of your ballot fool you: Tuesday’s election will have big implications for Wichita (as do all elections, really).

Two primary races will narrow the fields for Wichita mayor and the Wichita School Board’s at-large seat.

Here’s what you need to know about each race, including where to vote — if you haven’t already.

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Wichita’s school board heard the first draft of the district’s $686 million budget Monday night.

The new budget represents an increase of $43 million over last year's budget. Of the new money, $25 million is locked in for funds like KPERS while the remaining $18 million exists in the more flexible general, supplemental and weighted funds.

The main driver of the larger budget is increased state aid. Higher property values also helped. The mill levy rate is also being lowered with the new budget.

The increased funding is a break from years of shrinking budgets.

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In negotiations with the local teachers union, Wichita Public Schools is offering a compensation package for teachers representing a 4.7 percent increase. That would be an additional $2,350 for the average teacher's salary. 

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Some Wichita residents are upset about fences being erected around elementary school playgrounds.

The fences were approved last May during a Board of Education meeting. Fences are to go up around the playgrounds at all of the district’s elementary schools.

During Monday’s school board meeting, members cited the safety of children as the reason for the fencing, with $230,000 dedicated to the project set to be finished before the end of the year.

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Wichita Public Schools is mandating all students and staff watch an active shooter training video.

The video was required viewing when it was first produced by the district in 2015 using the district’s drama students. It became a recommendation in 2016, but will be mandated again starting next school year.

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The new mission of Wichita Public Schools says that the district’s objective is to prepare students "to achieve college, career and life readiness through an innovative and rigorous educational experience."

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