Election 2018: Meet the candidates for LS R-7 Board of Education

What a difference a year makes.

Now, a little more than a year removed from public uproar over issues of transparency mixed with a turbulent and public breakup between the Lee's Summit R-7 School District Board of Education and its former superintendent, this spring's election has only four candidates vying for two seats. Whereas last year's public dialogue led to full house of 10 candidates actively campaigning for just three seats.

This year's ballot will see incumbent Julie Doane joined by Michael McMenus, Ryan Murdock and Dr. John Schuler. Voters will choose two winners for the next three-year term.

In an effort to help voters know more about the candidates, Link 2 Lee's Summit posed a short series of questions to each of the candidates. Their responses can be found below. (Note: If reading on a mobile phone, please turn to landscape in order to view candidate responses.)

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Julie Doane, Michael McMenus, Ryan Murdock and Dr. John Schuler join Lee's Summit Town Hall hosts Jason Norbury and Nick Parker to discuss their candidacies for the Lee's Summit R-7 Board of Education.

What prompted you to run for the LS R-7 School Board?
For you, what are the main responsibilities/jobs of a member of the school board?
What priorities do you believe the Board will face during the next term?
What is the most fulfilling volunteer, board, commission or committee task you've performed in Lee's Summit in the past three years, and why?
Dr. Carpenter has set a clear mission to ensure the R-7 District provides every opportunity and path to success for each student in the District. What role do you believe the Board can play in providing equitable paths to education for all students?
During the past two years public perception is there has not been enough communication and interaction between the R-7 Board and its constituents. Do you believe this premise? How do you propose to be accessible to the people electing you to office?