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2017 Board Elections

Have you ever considered serving on Derby Public School's Board of Education?

The locally-elected school board is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining, developing and operating local schools.  School board members make important decisions with long-lasting implications for their community and its citizens, while establishing a vision for the public education system in their community.

At the heart of it all, members of a district's board of education must believe unequivocally in the value of public education.  The mission of Derby Public Schools is “to create a tomorrow that is better than today by ensuring all students continually grow and learn.” 

If you have the interest, time, dedication and competence to help guide your public school system, consider filing for election to the school board.  The deadline to file is June 1, 2017 at noon.  Please visit the Sedgwick County Elections Office website for candidate filing information.


For more questions, please call the Clerk of the Board, Mrs. Litona Hoyt at 788-8410 or email at lhoyt@usd260.com

Legal Qualifications

School board members must be registered voters in the school district and cannot be an employee of the board on which they are a member.

Although legal requirements for board members are few, the qualifications for effective service as a board member are many.  A board member should:

  • Have a broad background of experience and knowledge and a sincere desire to serve the community;

  • Be visionary, able to understand the forces of societal change and plan for the future;

  • Be tolerant and without prejudice, respecting diverse points of view;

  • Understand education today is complex and simplistic approaches will not meet today’s challenges;

  • Be willing to invest the time and energy required for meetings, phone calls, conversations, visits to schools, professional development seminars and workshops;

  • Be responsive to human needs of individuals and groups;

  • Be willing to be part of a team, supporting group decisions;

  • Listen for real consensus and not confuse a few vocal constituents with a majority feeling;

  • Remember the responsibility is to all the children in the state, not solely to those in the local district; and

  • Learn and grow as you become more aware of your responsibilities.

It is very important for you to work as a team member and cooperate with other board members.  Decision-making authority is vested in the board of education, not individual members.

Filing Deadlines and Changes in Election Dates

Changes in Election Dates. In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed HB 2104 that changed election dates for units of local government, including school districts. School board general elections were changed from the spring of odd-numbered years to the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. If primary elections are needed for school boards, they will be scheduled on the first Tuesday in August of odd-numbered years. A brief listing of dates of interest include:

Primary election – Tuesday, August 1, 2017;

General election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017; * takes office January 2018

Terms of Office. HB 2104 states that expiration dates for terms of school board members that are scheduled to expire in 2017 will now expire on the second Monday (Jan. 8) in January of 2018. In the future, school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election.  Board members serve four year terms.

New expiration date for present board members whose terms were scheduled to expire in 2017 will be Monday, January 8, 2018.

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