A Manhattan-Ogden School Board member has decided not to run for re-election.
Leah Fliter, who has been on the board since 2011, said Thursday she does not plan to run for re-election.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our school district,” Fliter said.
Fliter told The Mercury she hopes by deciding not to run again, she’s letting someone else make the decision to try.
“I thought it’s time to give someone else in the community a chance to step up,” she said. “Someone else might be interested and we have a good team in place now.”
She said in 2011 when she filed to run the first time she was inspired by then-Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, which included cuts to school funding.
Fliter said over the years, she’s been most impressed with the faculty.
“The teachers and staff and their dedication to the education of our students; it’s just a privilege to work on their behalf,” she said.
She said she has no plans in the near future for any other elected civic job, but she said she’ll remain involved in causes around town. She said her job as advocacy and outreach specialist for the Kansas Association of School Boards keeps her pretty busy and she wants to focus more on that for a while.
Fliter holds one of four seats up for election.
Current board president Curt Herrman and board member Darell Edie both filed for re-election earlier this month.
Both men cited seeing the current bond projects through as one of the reasons they decided to run.
Board member Dave Colburn, who holds the last seat opening, has not filed or announced his decision.
Kristin Brighton, co-owner of New Boston Creative, has also filed to run for a position.
The deadline to file is at noon Monday.