Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2001

Four candidates vie for board

February 8, 2001

Four candidates are running for Basehor-Linwood School Board Position 5.

Basehor residents Ron Grover, Warren Kennedy, Patrick Jeanin and Douglas Bittel all filed for the position vacated by former board member Pete Beaver.

Kennedy said if he is elected he will bring technological experience to the district.

"I think it is important for our students to be well-rounded and well-versed. Having the right facilities to prepare graduates for the real world is essential," Kennedy said. "With my background in technology I think I can help to answer the question of whether our facilities are good enough."

Kennedy, a chemical engineer for Burns and McDonnell has lived in Basehor since 1999 and has two children in the Basehor-Linwood district. Kennedy said that the school district has done a good job, and he hopes to build on the success it has already had.

"I think that the board has done a pretty good job so far. I think a key turning point for the district was the building of Glenwood Ridge. Hopefully we can build on that," Kennedy said.

Jeanin said that the most important factor in the election should be what's best for the students.

"The greatest asset this town or any other town has is children," he said. "I think that as a board, we have to find a way to give the children the best possible education we can afford to give them. Our children deserve that."

Jeanin is the loan officer at Basehor First State Bank and Trust and has three children in the school district.

Jeanin said that with the potential growth in Basehor, it is important for the district to plan for the future.

"We have to think 5 to 10 years from now. With all of the growth that is going to come this way, we need to look long term and continue to improve the programs we have now," he said.

Grover was on the Basehor-Linwood School Board for four years, and after the April 3 election, he hopes to be on the board again.

"The Basehor-Linwood School District is the keystone to our community. As the students in our district grow so does our community," he said. "It is the obligation of every resident to fulfill a part in that responsibility. I have chosen to apply my skills and knowledge as a school board member."

Grover is the director of human resources for Excel Laminates and has lived in Basehor for 13 years. He has two children in the district and a third child who graduated from Basehor-Linwood High School in 1996.

Grover said that if he is elected he will make an effort to bring new programs to the district.

"I propose to create a committee to establish key performance indicators. These will be measurements designed to enable any person in the district to immediately gauge the performance of our students, teachers and administration," he said.

Grover said the most pressing issue the school district faces is continuos student improvement.

"Our students are competing for positions in college and the job market. Schools have an obligation to prepare them for that challenge," he said. "As a school board member, I can shape policy to better prepare them for that challenge."

The fourth candidate, Douglas Bittel, could not be reached for comment.

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