Wade Babcock is seeking election to the school board this coming Tuesday. Babcock a western Kansas native moved to Great Bend in 2001. He and his family came to Great Bend when he began employment with Central Kansas Orthopedic Group as a practicing Physician Assistant. Wade and his wife Lisa have three children Kaleb, Jacob, and Sophia. Kaleb and Jacob currently attend school at Jefferson Elementary. Babcock has served on the 428 school board since 2009 after being appointed. Since being on the board Babcock’s number one priority has been to put the students first by working to create the best learning environment possible. Babcock understands this will get increasingly more difficult over the next several years due to the state’s money shortfall to fund schools adequately. Babcock plans to continue to support the teaching staff as they are faced with increasing pressures due to mandates created by no child left behind. “I believe that our district is well prepared to handle these future challenges. We have been fiscally responsible and have an excellent teaching staff.” Babcock asks for your support on Tuseday to continue serving the 428 district’s students and teachers.