Johnson County school board elections hinged on masks, critical race theory — see results in your district

School board elections in Johnson County this year turned largely on districts' COVID-19 masking policies and approaches to diversity and race. Above, a classroom in the Blue Valley School District. File image.

As in school districts across the country, debates over masks and schools’ approaches to diversity and inclusion, often cast through the lens of critical race theory, created an unusual amount of attention for school board races in Johnson County this election year.

There were three contested races in the three public school districts covered by the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley Posts.