Morris-Hardeman announces campaign for USD 383 school board


Jayme Morris-Hardeman

A former Manhattan city commissioner says she intends to file for a seat on the USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden school board.

Thrive! Flint Hills Executive Director Jayme Morris-Hardeman announced her intent to file with the Riley County Clerk’s Office Wednesday.

In a news release Tuesday, Morris-Hardeman said she believes the district is facing many important issues. Those include diversity, equity and inclusion for students and staff; allocation of resources in times of uncertain state funding; a re-evaluation of service delivery following lessons learned during the pandemic and a need to continue addressing class sizes.

In addition to work with Thrive, Morris-Hardeman is an advocate supervisor at Sunflower CASA Project working for victims of child abuse and neglect. She previously served four years on the Manhattan City Commission, from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2009 to 2011.

There are three open seats on the school board this year as terms for Jurdene Coleman, Karla Hagemeister and Katrina Lewison all expire this year. So far none of those board members have announced whether they’ll seek re-election.

The filing deadline is June 1.


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