One of the less-noticed outcomes of the GOP primary will provide Wichita and the state with the benefit of two experienced, informed voices on the Kansas State Board of Education. In District 8, retired USD 259 assistant superintendent Kathy Busch (in photo) easily defeated one-term incumbent Walt Chappell. And in District 10, former Wichita Northwest and Northeast Magnet high school principal Jim McNiece won an uncontested race to succeed current board chairman David Dennis of Wichita. No Democrats filed in either race. Both Busch and McNiece will bring a lot of knowledge to the table as the board deals with new curriculum standards and the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver.
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