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Wichita school board member Jeff Davis resigns

Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis File photo

Wichita school board member Jeff Davis resigned from the board Monday, saying he recently moved out of the district.

Davis, who was first elected to the board in 2007, represented District 4, which includes portions of south and southwest Wichita.

Remaining board members plan to appoint a replacement for Davis in coming weeks. The new board member must live in District 4 and cannot be a district employee, according to district officials.

“My wife and I have moved, bought a new home (that’s) still in the city, but living in another school district,” Davis said. He said he notified state officials Friday that he had moved into the Maize school district.

Davis, a retired police sergeant, has about two years remaining in his third term.

In 2015, he said he filed for re-election only because he didn’t think anyone else would run for the seat. Davis’ name remained on the ballot because he missed the deadline to have it removed, but he didn’t campaign for re-election, and at every opportunity, he endorsed his opponent.

He won the election anyway.

On Monday, during a portion of the school board’s regular meeting reserved for new business, Davis announced that he would resign “effective immediately.” Board members directed the clerk of the board to post a notice of the vacancy.

People interested in serving on the board should submit their applications to the clerk by Sept. 28, board members decided Monday. The board will hold special meetings on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 to interview potential candidates.

Davis said he was proud of his time on the board, particularly the passage of the 2008 bond issue, which put storm shelters in every school, as well as the appointment of former superintendent John Allison and current superintendent Alicia Thompson.

“It’s been a wonderful ride, with the exception of having to cut, over the past eight years, $98 million” from the district’s budget, Davis said.

Davis served on the board of directors on the Council of Great City Schools. “And I’ll tell you that this district does very, very well,” he said. “We’ve got problems, like they all do, but we’re top notch.”

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias

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