2021 Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education


Education First Shawnee Mission is endorsing pro-public education candidates for the 2021 General Election in the races for the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education.

Education First is extremely proud of our transparent and in-depth endorsement process. In order to be considered for endorsement, all candidates must complete this process, which includes formal surveys that are sent to all the candidates who agree to participate in this process. All candidates are encouraged to participate. These surveys included questions based on Education First's main issues regarding the school board: Transparency, Cultural Competence, Budget, Special Education, Culture and Anti-Racism. Candidates who completed the survey were then invited to meet individually, via Zoom, with members of EFSM to share more about their positions. EFSM used a professional rubric to score both the surveys and the subsequent interviews, and final decisions on endorsements were made by totaling those scores. A copy of the EFSM candidate survey can be found here.

2021 Election Endorsements

The following candidates have received EFSM’s endorsement as a Pro-Public Education Candidate:

  • Heather Ousley: At Large (all SMSD area voters) - School District Member 6
  • April Boyd-Noronha: Shawnee Mission West (only Shawnee Mission West area residents vote for this seat) - School District Member 4
  • Mary Sinclair: Shawnee Mission East (only Shawnee Mission East area residents vote for this seat) - School District Member 2

Endorsement Process

Education First Shawnee Mission endorses all candidates who meet our criteria. To read our 2021 election candidate survey and questionnaire, please click here.

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