Seven seats on the Kansas City school board in Missouri are up for nonpartisan general election on April 2, 2019. The filing deadline for this election was January 15, and the community will only see contested races in Sub-district 1 and Sub-district 5 where two candidates filed to run per seat.
In Sub-district 4, no candidate filed at all in the race, leaving it up to the district to appoint a member to the position if no write-in candidates are added to the ballot.
In the at-large race for two positions, only the incumbents filed for re-election. There is also no opposition for newcomer Nathaniel Hogan in Sub-district 2 or for Manny Abarca in Sub-district 3.
In 2013, a law was passed requiring Kansas City Public Schools to switch from three at-large seats to two and to eliminate sub-district 6 by April 2019. This will reduce the total number of board seats from nine to seven. All of the seats are on the ballot this year in order to accommodate this change.
Kansas City Public Schools is the third-largest Missouri school district with 2019 elections. The district served a total of 15,724 students during the 2015-2016 school year. In all, Ballotpedia is covering elections for 28 school board seats across 11 school districts in Missouri this year.