Rogers, Arnold to run for re-election to Wichita school board

01/08/2013 4:59 PM

01/08/2013 5:00 PM

Two of four Wichita Board of Education members whose terms expire this year filed for re-election Tuesday.

Lynn Rogers and Betty Arnold are the first candidates to file with the Sedgwick County Elections Office for seats on the Wichita school board.

Rogers, who represents District 6, is running for a fourth term on the board. Arnold, the District 1 representative, has served on the school board since 2007.

Both said they think their experience will help guide the board through budgetary challenges and other issues in coming years.

“I think the experience I have on the board, particularly when it comes to the budget and the intricacies of the school finance formula, will be a good thing,” Rogers said Tuesday.

Rogers, 54, a vice president at Farm Credit Leasing, was first elected to the board in 2001, after serving as a member of the district’s facilities master plan steering committee, which helped plan and push the 2000 bond issue.

His district includes Riverside, Midtown and parts of north and northeast Wichita.

Arnold, 63, a retired state auditor, joined the school board in 2007 after being elected to fill an unfinished term. She was re-elected in 2009.

“I am running because there are huge economic and social issues that threaten the quality of public education,” she said in a news release Tuesday. “The issues at hand require not only experience but someone that genuinely values the role of education and a focus on the future.”

The filing deadline for school board seats is noon Jan. 22. Four seats are up for election on the seven-member Wichita school board. Other members whose terms expire this year are Connie Dietz and Lanora Nolan.

The board sets policy for the state’s largest school district, with more than 51,000 students. Members serve four-year terms and receive no pay for twice-monthly meetings and other work.

The primary is Feb. 26, and the general election is April 2.

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