There is a vacancy on Wichita’s USD 259 School Board and the district and the Wichita Branch NAACP is encouraging African Americans residents to apply.

Barb Fuller, a former educator and past president of the Wichita teacher’s union, resigned her seat on Nov. 7, after moving outside the district. Fuller represents a district that covers most of Southeast Wichita.

You must reside in the district to apply for the open position. The district boundaries are mostly south of Kellogg and East of I-135 and includes Plainview. A map of the district boundaries can be found on USD 259’s website.

The call from the NAACP is particularly urgent following the loss of Districr I Schoolboard member Betty Arnold in the Nov. 7 elections. Arnold’s loss leaves the board without African-American representation.

“In a school district where African-American students makeup 19% of the enrollment, clearly we need representation on the board that reflects the African-American perspective,” said Larry Burk, Wichita NAACP Branch President. “Certainly diversity in leadership and district policy making is important.”

Since the 1960s there has consistently been an African American on the Wichita School board.

Burk says he’d like to see an individual with children or grandchildren in the district apply, but recognizes that the most important requirements are: someone who has a passion for African American children and a willingness to be an engaged and effective member of the board.

If you’re interested in serving in a position that helps make our children great, then go to https://www.usd259.org/Page/13909 and download the application.

Applications are due no later than Thurs., Nov. 30, at noon. Applications must be mailed or hand deliver. Emailed applications will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application.

The board will take input from the community before appointing a person on Dec. 11. The person will begin serving

The board will interview applicants on Mon. Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the North High Lecture Hall. Interview topics will include: diversity, superintendent relations, community relations, board relations, the District’s mission statement and the district’s budget.

The person will be appointed to serve the balance of Fuller’s term which was scheduled to end in January 2020.

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