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.
2019 Election Cycle
Filing and Election Dates
Filing Deadline – Monday, June 3, 2019
Primary election – Tuesday, August 6, 2019
General election – Tuesday, November 5, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: Contact your county clerk or county elections officer for details.
Terms of Office
Newly-elected school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election.
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. November 2017 was the first election under the new law.
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!
2019 School Board Election Guide
Prospective Board Member Training
KASB and Gardner Edgerton USD 231 co-hosted an informative evening on May 16 designed to assist prospective board members gain insight into the work that school boards do as they govern the school district. In the presentation, Dr. Brian Jordan, discussed the foundational components of great boards and how that translates to successful school districts. The session allowed participants to ask questions about the work of school boards, and develop a better understanding of the responsibilities associated with serving on local boards of educations.
School Board Member Recruiting Tips
School Board Elections
KASB Legal Department Team members Donna Whiteman and Sam Blasi review current law and process for upcoming School Board Elections in 2019. (Recorded April 2019)
Current Board Member?
If you are a current board of education member, click the image below to see your election cycle.