Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2001

School board candidates vie for open position

Candidates want to build on school board’s good work

February 1, 2001

All three candidates running for school board Position 4 agree that the current school board has done a good job.

Candidate Mark Davis said that the board has done such a good job that he almost didn't run.

"If there were incumbents running I probably wouldn't run," Davis said. "They have a quality program over there, I just hope I can come in and make it even more stable."

Davis, an attorney in Kansas City, Kan., has lived in Basehor for four years and has two children in the Basehor school district. Davis said he is very impressed by the district.

"Compared to other school districts, the Basehor district is excellent. There are low instances of crime and violence and the curriculum is good," Davis said.

Candidate Ron Owen said he also thinks the school board has done well.

"It seems like they are on the right track. To me safety and not having kids scared to go to school is a big issue. It seems to me that the board does a pretty good job on things like that," Owen said.

Owen is the assistant director of physical properties for the Kansas City, Kans., school district and has a grandson at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Owen said that he thinks he can add something to the board if he is elected.

"I have been in the education field for a long time. I have worked at the public school and collegiate level and I have raised a lot of money for schools through the government," Owen said.

The third candidate, Michael Mustain, said that his main priority will be the education of the students in the district.

" The role of a school board member is to ensure that our children have maximized their potential to learn and be prepared to excel in life after high school, whether it is continuing their education or for beginning professional careers," Mustain said.

Mustain is employed with the Department of the Army at Fort Leavenworth as an intelligence analyst. He has two children in the school district and has lived in Basehor since 1988.

Mustain said that the achievement of the students should be a sign of the faculties work.

" The growth and success of our children should also reflect the growth and success of our teachers and staff for both professional enhancement and compensation," Mustain said.

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