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    James W Kilpatrick Jr.
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    Stan Reeser
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Biographical Information

What do you see as the biggest successes in the Public Schools and what areas do you see could use some study and/ or changes?

A lot of schools district have not been= able to recruit enough teachers to fill all positions with certified teachers.. Last year the Wichita district had to start the school year with 80 positions filled by long term substitutes . What do you think can be done to perhaps help solve this problem?

What strengths do you think you bring that will make you a useful member of the on the Board of Education?

What is your view about Kansas state revenue funding going to support tuition to non-Public schools if a family chooses to send their student there?

What is your opinion of the Ks Supreme Court’s ruling on the Gannon case about adequate and equitable funding for Kansas Public Schools?

What ideas would you like to have the Board explore to enhance the schools in this district if you are elected?

What do you think the school district should add or take away from its policies or practices.

Personal Biography Retired after 35+ years with the City of Wichita as Captain Airport Police and Fire. Duties involved supervising staff, managing multiple agency response, developing curriculum and training multiple agencies in emergency response. Served in the USNR with an honorable discharge at the rank of E5 and a veteran of the Viet Nam war.
Campaign Address 2101 W MacArthur RD
#719
Campaign Phone (316) 554-1048
Campaign Email jkilpatrickinc@gmail.com
Education Wichita State University, Emergency Medical Training graduate Wichita State University, BS in Administration of Justice with a minor in economics Central Business College, Certificate in Computer Programming Wichita West High School graduate.
Community/Public Service Currently contributing to charitable causes including schools.
Their promotional strength in the political arena and general support from the public.

Each school publish on their web site all classes being offered with a syllabus, a listing of all materials used for instruction, i.e. books, videos, web sites, and make those items available for review by the public. I would send to each home of a student any student papers or documents presented at school. The Bible instruction should be offered in each grade to return to a degree of civility in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court restrictions of it being elective, literary. Encourage a better classroom environment by returning control of the classroom to the teachers and eliminating negative environment students. Greater presence of Industrial Arts classes to develop basic skills in students.
The teachers to have greater control of the classroom composition and stronger discipline. USD 259 to pay for all classroom materials instead of the teachers using their salaries. The greater emphasis on Industrial Arts and using skill set instructors.
My experience with multiple levels of skills, education, and supervisory experience will complement the variety of challenges to USD 259. The military experience will help move diversity and division to a cohesive society in the educational system. The experience of moving from a culture of inclusiveness in the 60's to one of a fractured culture may help return to a more civil society.
The only constitutional restriction is it cannot go to religious schools. I believe it should be a tax credit system for families sending their children to non-public schools. Private schools can relieve the stress of not having enough teachers and provide competition to improve public schools.
The Kansas Supreme Court in Gannon overstepped constitutional authority since spending authority resides in the legislature. I also disagree with their interpretation of "adequate and equitable." It will probably cause extreme financial difficulty for the State and taxpayers in a few short years.
Each school publish on their web site all classes being offered with a syllabus, a listing of all materials used for instruction, i.e. books, videos, web sites, and make those items available for review by the public. I would send to each home of a student any student papers or documents presented at school. The Bible instruction should be offered in each grade to return to a degree of civility in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court restrictions of it being elective, literary. Encourage a better classroom environment by returning control of the classroom to the teachers and eliminating negative environment students. Greater presence of Industrial Arts classes to develop basic skills in students.
Teachers should not have to pay for any classroom materials. They should encourage parents to review materials and make the Board aware of any improprieties. They should promote policies that develop strong positive citizens with our national identity. Suggestions from the citizens should be encouraged at all levels. They should adhere to a system of norms and not chase political correctness fads.

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Personal Biography Lived in the Fourth District since the third grade, 1970. Husband to Miscy Reeser since 1981 Father of three daughters Grandfather to 6 grandchildren.
Campaign Phone (316) 636-7864
Campaign Email stanreeser@att.net
Education 1980 Graduate of Wichita High School South 1988 Graduate of Wichita State University
Community/Public Service Former Wichita City Council Member, 1991 to 1995 Former City of Wichita Mass Transit Advisory Board, 2016-2019 Current Member of the Wichita BOE
Address 2551 S Hiram Ave Wichita, KS 67217
I see our student’s success and being future ready as my main goal, which is why our newly developed Strategic Plan list improving graduation rates and making sure every student is reading at third grade level at the conclusion of that grade. It is this benchmark that gives us an sign on whether or not that student will be successful. Our diversity is our strength because when students graduate and enter the workforce, the environment they enter will be what they have seen throughout their primary school career. We also need to continue our strong efforts in helping our student take career classes in case they do not go to college.

We need to improve on re-designing our public schools to match our ever changing world. Individual plans of studies will be critical to succeed in this effort.
Improving pay for our educators is critical in this effort. I also have participated in many community gatherings where I stress to young professionals that if they truly want to help improve our world , then consider going into teaching. We also need a strong community minded area to attract people to stay and live in the Wichita area.
I believe my greatest strength is I listen and seek out advice on all issues including educators, administrators, students and community members.
I strongly oppose any efforts to divert public funds to non-public schools through various means that the Legislature has considered in recent years. The so-called “school choice” actually means NO choice for students who would be left behind while though who qualify for some aid to a private school. We would become a two-tier educational system with average citizen’s child being left behind. It is also in direct conflict with our Kansas Constitution which requires all children regardless of zip code an opportunity and access to an education. I believe Kansas was wise when we put that in our Constitution.
I support the latest findings of the Kansas Supreme Court and I hope the Kansas Legislature will respect the ruling and help everyone end the ongoing litigation, which we have a golden opportunity at this time to do.
I want to keep emphasizing Individual Plans of Instructions. No two students learn the same way and we need to meet the student where he or she is at their development level of learning. I also want to expand our alternative High Schools.
Our policies should continue to respect and protect our diversity which as I said earlier is one of our greatest strengths.