SM West area school board candidates share positions on library certifications, paraprofessional staffing and more at Shawnee Mission Post forum

Candidates for the SM West area seat on the board of education answered questions at the Shawnee Mission Post forum Saturday.
Candidates for the SM West area seat on the board of education answered questions at the Shawnee Mission Post forum Saturday.

The three active candidates for the the SM West area seat on the Shawnee Mission Board of Education — incumbent Craig Denny and challengers Laura Guy and Christopher White — on Saturday addressed several of the biggest issues facing the district today during a candidate forum organized by the Shawnee Mission Post.

Before a crowd of nearly 40, the candidates discussed the role of libraries and librarians in modern schools as well as the value of library staff holding certifications; whether the district has enough paraprofessionals and counselors to meet current needs; and board transparency, among other topics. The candidates also took part in a “lightning round,” where they gave brief answers on their positions on issues like sixth grade alignment and administrator pay.