Dennis’ leadership on state school board will be missed

Kansas State Board of Education chairman David Dennis of Wichita announced last week that he would not run for a second term. His move helped keep the board district maps from becoming part of the state’s redistricting impasse, as the proposed map had Wichita incumbents Dennis and Walt Chappell facing off this year. But Dennis’ decision also means that Kansans won’t have the benefit of his sound judgment and informed leadership on the board for much longer. That’s too bad. Drawing on his 29 years of military service and 10 years of teaching at Wichita North High School, Dennis quickly helped move the state board past its infamous evolution wars and tied votes.