Bittel runs for Basehor-Linwood school board
Editor's note: The Sentinel was unable to reach Douglas Bittel for a story on Position 5 school board candidates that ran in the Feb. 8 edition. The story below is a brief statement on Bittel's reasons for running.
Basehor-Linwood School Board Position 5 candidate Douglas Bittel said he decided to run for the school board because people were filing for the election.
"I really decided as a response to the article that was in the Sentinel saying there weren't any candidates," Bittel said. " I felt it was a civic responsibility, and I wanted to make sure there were people who wanted to be a part of the school board running for the election."
Bittel works at Children's Mercy Hospital as a bio-medical researcher. He has two children in the district and has lived in Basehor since 1995.
Bittel teaches freshmen biology at Kansas City Kansas Community College and said he would bring a certain viewpoint on how important science and math is for students at an early age.
"Being a part of the bio-tech community in Kansas City plus other activities gives me a good perspective on how important it is for students to get an early foundation in science and math early on," Bittel said. "Kids that are prepared in those fields can do very well."
Bittel said he thinks the school board has done a good job, particularly with getting the district teachers health insurance.
"Honestly, I think the board has done a pretty good job, and there isn't anything big that I would want to change," Bittel said. "I am glad that the board gave the teachers health insurance and would certainly do what I could to make sure that stays in effect."