Retiring Shawnee Mission East teacher James Lockard files for school board race

A teacher with 43 years experience in Shawnee Mission schools has thrown his name into the mix for the Shawnee Mission East area representative race.

James Lockard, who has taught environmental science at SM East for the past three decades, filed as a candidate in the Board of Education seat 2 race this week. Incumbent Donna Bysfield, who has held the seat since 1993, and Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA legislative co-chair Mary Sinclair have both filed in the race as well.