Joy Eakins, a software design consultant and school volunteer, has filed to run for the District 2 seat on the Wichita school board.
Eakins, 42, said she decided to run after serving on the Business Education Innovation Partnership, a group that pairs area business leaders with district officials in hopes of finding ways to improve efficiency and cut the district’s costs.
“That exposure really showed me a lot of the issues schools are facing and business leaders are facing,” Eakins said. “I thought this might be a good place for someone with my experience to step up and … try to help bridge those interests.”
Eakins and her husband, Eric, an architect, have one son in fourth grade at Hyde International Studies and Communications Magnet Elementary School.
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She is running for the school board seat held by Connie Dietz, who announced last week that she would not seek re-election.