Congratulations to Jim McNiece, former high school principal in Wichita’s USD 259, for being chosen Tuesday as the new chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education. It’s always important that the state’s largest school district have a strong, informed voice on the board, and it has had two since 2013 in McNiece and retired USD 259 assistant superintendent Kathy Busch. Their leadership will be more crucial as the governor and lawmakers aim to rewrite the school-finance formula and pursue reforms treading on the state board’s policymaking authority. The state board was last led by a Wichitan (David Dennis) in 2011 and 2012. Its new vice chairwoman is Carolyn Campbell of Topeka. – Rhonda Holman
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