The Kansas City school board, yearning for steady leadership, held its course Wednesday.
Airick Leonard West learned at noon he had won his write-in race, and then was elected unanimously by board members later in the evening to carry on as board president.
The board also swore in three new members, maintaining a strong majority in support of Superintendent Steve Green and the blueprint for regaining accreditation.
Curtis Rogers and Marisol Montero won the other write-in races. They joined Jon Hile as new board members.
“Now more than ever,” West said after the meeting, “the community, board members, teachers and families recognize that the big-picture issues to restore achievement are more important than the small issues that divide us.”
Said retiring board member Ray Wilson: “What this district needs, more than anything, is stability.”
The new board has more to deal with beyond student achievement.
It’s also hoping that more than two years of remaking board policies to get out of micromanaging will win the favor of politicians and state officials eyeing a takeover of the district.
“We are making progress,” said Arthur Benson, whose board tenure ended Wednesday.
He leaves, along with Duane Kelly and Wilson — all three of whom had decades of experience in different roles in the school district.
Airick West Wins Write-in Vote, Stays on as KC School Board President