Voters approve charter changes, elect new school board members

voter-here-signKansas City voters approved all five ballot issues at the polls yesterday. They also elected two new at-large school board members in races that drew added attention because of the recent controversy over the sale of Westport High School.

According to the Kansas City Star, new school board members said they are open to studying the sale of the school to Foutch Brothers, a developer that proposes housing an Academie Lafayette charter high school there. Incumbent Joe Jackson, who the Star says voted against the sale, was defeated by Melissa Robinson. Pattie Mansur and Amy Hartsfield will also be joining the board.

The school district administration has recommended the sale of the shuttered school to Foutch Brothers, but the board has not yet accepted the offer. Midtown supporters of the charter school plan hope the board will take the issue up later this month.

David Disney and Delmira Quarles were elected to the Metropolitan Community College Board of Directors.

On the city ballot issues, voters approved a bond proposal make water facility improvements. They also allowed the city to add a permit fee to inspect hotels and motels.

Voters also approved three charter changes in the low-turnout election. The first will change the dates of council primary and general elections from February and March to April and June, a move intended to reduce the chance of elections falling during winter weather. The other charter changes are the new requirement for the city to have a five-year financial plan and a reduction in the required number of city departments from nine to six.

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