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  • Wright, Gilstrap returned without need for a vote

  • Dave Wright and Rhonda Gilstrap were the only two people to file for election in the Blue Springs race. Because there were two seats open and only two who filed, no election is required in April.

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  • Their intentions were clear back in October when they declared that they would both be seeking re-election. And now with filing closed for the April 2 election and no challengers, the two Blue Springs Board of Education incumbents are ready to serve another term.
    Dave Wright and Rhonda Gilstrap were the only two people to file for election in the Blue Springs race. Because there were two seats open and only two who filed, no election is required in April.
    During their tenure on the board, Wright and Gilstrap have been a part of hundreds of decisions, including a number of bond issues. One of the largest was in 2009 – an $87.5 million bond issue that funded the construction of a new transportation center and major renovations at Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools. Just last week, they were also a part of the unanimous approval of a $20 million bond issue on the April ballot that will largely fund security and safety upgrades.
    Wright will be beginning his fifth term on the board. He is vice-president and is immediate past president of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. He is also a past chairman of the Missouri Education Roundtable. Chief of Financial Operations for the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, he has one daughter who graduated from the Blue Springs School District.
    “This board is an amazing board to serve on,” he said. “This is the best school district in the state if not maybe the nation. The reason for that, I believe, is our staff and community.”
    Gilstrap has also served on the board for a number of years. She will be beginning her fourth term on the board in April. In addition to her leadership roles on the board including president and vice-president, she has also served in other community organizations. This includes serving as president of the PTA Council, chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee and in a variety of other roles in the PTA. She is Region IV Leadership Development Chair in the Missouri School Boards’ Association and is on the board of the Cooperating School Districts of Kansas City as well as the Eastland Foundation. She and her husband have four children, all of whom graduated from Blue Springs schools.
    “It has been an honor and a true blessing to serve on this board for the last few years,” she said. “I hope to continue to serve the Blue Springs School District to the best of my ability during this next term.”
     
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