Wichita school board incumbents file for re-election

All three Wichita Board of Education members whose terms expire this year have filed for re-election.

Jeff Davis, Barbara Fuller and Sheril Logan have filed for seats on the Wichita school board, according to Sedgwick County Elections Office records.

One other candidate, Michael Capps, has filed for the at-large seat currently held by Logan.

Davis, 55, who represents District 4 in south and southwest Wichita, is running for a third term on the board. Fuller, who represents District 3 in southeast Wichita, has served on the school board since 2007. Logan was first elected to her at-large position in 2011.

“Yeah, I filed for re-election. I don’t know why,” joked Davis, a retired Wichita police sergeant.

“I’d like to do one more term just because there’s going to be a lot of issues come up over the next few years, especially with funding in Topeka. … Hopefully we can keep some stability on the board.”

Fuller, 69, a retired teacher who represents District 3 in southeast Wichita, has served on the school board since 2007. Logan, a retired school administrator, was first elected to her at-large position in 2011.

Logan, 69, said she thinks her experience will help guide the board through budgetary challenges and other issues in coming years.

“I feel like there’s more I’d like to do to serve our school district and the community, and another term on the board would allow me to do that,” Logan said.

Capps, 37, chief executive officer of itKansas, a technology consulting firm, said he decided to run because he thinks he could bring a fresh perspective to the board as a business leader and parent. Capps’ son is a junior at West High School.

“Budgets are something I have to live with on a nearly 24/7 basis,” he said. “One of the things I think we really need to do is take a top-down approach to how are we really allocating our dollars and how can we do more with what we have?”

Capps said he thinks the district also could do a better job connecting with parents, perhaps through regular town-hall-style forums.

“We’re a large district,” he said. “There’s a lot of layers of operation here, and I think parents feel like our voices aren’t being heard the way they should be.”

The filing deadline for school board seats is noon Jan. 27. The seven-member board sets policy for the state’s largest school district, which has more than 51,000 students. Members serve four-year terms and receive no pay for twice-monthly meetings and other work.

The primary is March 3, and the general election is April 7.

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