Applications now open for vacant Lawrence school board seat

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Those who are interested in serving out a term on the Lawrence school board can now apply for the position.

Applications are open for the seat left vacant by the resignation of board member Kay Emerson. The six remaining school board members will select the new member.


The form to apply is available at this link. People who wish to serve should complete the district’s Google form application by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 13.

The form asks for basic background information, what qualities are important to being a successful school board member, the district’s greatest strengths and challenges, how to attract and retain the best possible employees, whether board members should be involved in the day-to-day operations of the schools and more.

Applications will become open public records.

Board members will review applications and select candidates to interview during a special meeting on Tuesday, June 20. Finalists will be asked to come interview at the board’s Monday, June 26 meeting. The selected candidate will serve the remainder of the term, through Jan. 12, 2026 — about 2 1/2 years.

Five school board seats will be on the ballot in the Nov. 7 general election, and there will be an Aug. 1 primary election for one of those seats. Read the article at this link to learn more.

School board seats are unpaid positions.

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