When my own children started school in the Shawnee Mission School District, I had to advocate for them in a variety of ways. Eventually, I found myself with more emails and meetings around the district’s 1:1 technology (price tag: $59 million and counting) than I would ever have imagined! As a technologist, I started hearing from parents who were frustrated that the district had given their kids devices, but without a real plan for how those devices should be used. Fast forward to now and why I’m running:
District 2 is home to over 300,000 Kansans living across numerous municipalities mostly in northeast, northwest and central Johnson County. The district extends down the state line to 161st street in Leawood, KS. The district is comprised of the entirety of Kansas State Senate Districts 7, 8, 10 and 11. Students in Melanie's district attend Shawnee Mission/SMSD USD 512, Blue Valley School District USD 229, De Soto USD 232, Turner USD 202, and Olathe USD 233.