USD 383 board member Kristin Brighton has filed for re-election.
The Manhattan businesswoman was first elected in 2019, and finished with the most votes among the candidates. In a Tuesday release, Brighton outlined her platform for re-election will focus heavily on efforts to raise student achievement. She also says she’d like to see Manhattan High School expand its current Career and Technical Education offerings and for the board to set aggressive goals for students to graduate with what’s called a “Diploma Plus,” which would essentially show documented real-world work experience in a chosen career field.
During her first term, Brighton has served on the district’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion; the Facilities and Growth Committee, overseeing the 2018 bond construction projects and has been a member of the Teacher Negotiations Committee.
Brighton joins retired military officer Robert Busby as the only candidates so far to file for the school board election. Four seats are up for re-election in November. Current board member Darell Edie will not seek re-election. Board members Curt Herrman and Brandy Santos have not indicated whether they’ll seek another term.