LOB petition to be discussed by school board
A petition seeking to change the constitution of the school board to a seven-member, at-large board is being reviewed by Douglas County counsel Evan Ice.
Betty Bullock, an organizer of the petition, said the proposed change was approved by the Kansas State Board of Education on April 11. Bullock met with Ice Tuesday morning.
"All we have to do is make sure we get the right wording and quote the right statute," Bullock said. "We should be ready to go by the first of May."
Currently six of the board's members are elected by district two each from Baldwin, Vinland and Marion Springs and one member is elected at large.
Bullock and other community members are seeking the change because the three districts have disproportionate populations, and therefore violate state law. There are more personal reasons for the change as well, such as wanting the opportunity to vote for the most qualified candidates. Another organizer of the petition, Patti Michalowski, said the candidates she thought were most qualified during the last election were running against each other.
More than 70 people showed up to a February school board meeting for a discussion of how board members should be elected most favoring representation for the rural areas of Vinland and Marion Springs.
Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes told Bullock that 140 signatures need to be collected. The deadline for the petition should be after the Aug. 1 primary election, Bullock said.
Bullock said a meeting to launch the petition process will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. The location will be announced.