Kansas School Boards
The Kansas Constitution makes public education a state responsibility while at the same time providing for the operation of public schools by local school boards elected by citizens of the school district. Each board consists of seven members. The only exception is Fort Leavenworth USD 207. As a military base school system, the district serves only kindergarten through ninth grade students, and the governing board is composed of three residents of the base appointed by the commanding officer of Fort Leavenworth.
Close to 2,000 men and women guide Kansas public schools systems, employing more than 70,000 Kansans and serving nearly 500,000 children. Board members receive no pay for their service, only the satisfaction that comes from providing an indispensable public service!
The mission of the public school is to educate each child to their fullest potential. The local school board, an integral part of the American institution of representative government, acts on behalf of the people of each community to translate that education mission into reality.
School Board Elections 2017
In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed HB 2104, changing local election dates, including the dates for local school board elections. Previously school board general elections were held in the spring of odd-numbered years. The new law requires these elections to be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. If necessary, primary elections will be held on the first Tuesday in August of odd numbered years. That means 2017 is an election year for local boards of education in Kansas!
KASB encourages current board members to seek another term. Your experience makes you an invaluable asset to your community. KASB also encourages other committed, visionary community members to seek election and serve in this important voluntary role in your community!
Filing and Election Dates
Filing Deadline – Thursday, June 1, 2017
Primary election – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
General election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Terms of Office
Term expiration dates for school board members scheduled to expire in 2017 under the old plan will now expire on the second Monday in January of 2018.
Newly-elected school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election.