Education

Two people express interest in vacant seat on Wichita school board

Wichita school district offices, 903 S. Edgemoor
Wichita school district offices, 903 S. Edgemoor The Wichita Eagle

Two people so far have said they plan to seek an open seat on the Wichita school board vacated by Jeff Davis, who resigned Monday.

Stan Reeser, a former Wichita City Council member, said he would like to be appointed to fulfill Davis’ term, which expires in January 2020.

Joshua Blick, who ran unsuccessfully against Davis in 2015, said Tuesday that he also plans to apply for the vacant school board seat.

Davis, who has served on the Wichita school board for about a decade, resigned Monday because he and his wife recently moved out of the district. He represented District 4, which includes portions of south and southwest Wichita.

Remaining board members plan to appoint Davis’ replacement next month. An application will be posted on the district’s website on Thursday, after an official notice of the vacancy has been published, district officials said.

The new board member must live in District 4 and cannot be a district employee.

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Stan Reeser The Wichita Eagle File photo

Reeser, 55, was a Wichita City Council member from 1991 to 1995. Last year, he ran as a Democrat for the District 97 seat in the Kansas House and lost to Les Osterman.

“I want to help teachers, administrators and current school board members in the vital mission of providing the very best urban school district for our children,” Reeser said in a statement Tuesday.

Reeser graduated from Wichita South High School in 1980 and has a degree from Wichita State University. His three daughters also graduated from Wichita schools. Reeser works for Via Christi Health Systems as a supply clerk.

Blick, 40, ran unsuccessfully for the Wichita City Council in 2011 and 2013. In 2015, he lost to Davis in the race for the District 4 school board seat, despite Davis not actively campaigning and essentially ceding the race to Blick.

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Joshua Blick The Wichita Eagle File photo

Blick, 40, said he would make a good school board member because he is familiar with the school district and actively engaged in the community. He is president of the Southwest Neighborhood Association and also serves on the site council and booster club at Wichita West High School.

Blick’s daughter graduated from West High last year; his son is a seventh-grader at Jardine Middle School. Blick owns a tire store in Wichita. Earlier this year, he purchased and organized the Automobilia Moonlight Car Show.

“I’d appreciate the opportunity to be able to serve my community more. That’s my driving factor,” Blick said. “It’s about our kids and our community, and what we can do to partner those gaps in between and build those bridges.”

The seven-member Wichita school board sets policy for the state’s largest school district, which has more than 50,000 students. Members serve four-year terms and receive no pay for twice-monthly meetings and other work.

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

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