Meeting the challenges of state funding legislation was at the top of the list of priorities for candidates running for two spots on the Shawnee Mission school board. The candidates hope the district can manage to keep expenses low while still maintaining the district’s reputation as one of excellence.

Shawnee Mission has undergone some changes in the past year and a half. In 2013, the district hired a new superintendent, Jim Hinson. Last year, it began a big new program that put laptops and electronic tablets in the hands of its students.

Last year the district also offered a retirement incentive package to teachers. A reorganization of the district’s administration is also in progress.

Two of the board’s seven spots have contested races April 7. For Position 1, challenger Mark Ellis and incumbent Sara Goodburn are on the ballot, and Chris Cindric is running as a write-in candidate. Position 7, which is an at-large position, has newcomers Elizabeth Rulo and Brad Stratton as candidates.


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