Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

School board member says she’ll run again

December 16, 2004

Three seats on the Basehor-Linwood School Board will be up for election this spring, and so far, two of the positions have no candidate.

School Board members Mike Laffere, position 4, and Christopher Claflin, position 6, said they would not seek additional terms. Patrick Jeannin, position 5, said he has not yet filed for the April 2005 election but that he intends to before the Jan. 25 filing deadline.

"My intention is to file again," Jeannin said. "Mainly I think there is a lot of work left to be done, and I think we need some continuity on the board."

Work left to be completed includes continuing progress on improving the school district's curriculum and managing what could be a burgeoning student population in coming years.

Laffere and Claflin are good board members, Jeannin said, and it will be tough replacing them. However, the first-term board member added that "change is not always bad, but I can say for me, there is a lot of unfinished business."

Claflin was elected to his seat in April 2001. Laffere was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of then-board member Ron Owen.

Both board members offered kudos to the remaining school board members and administration, but each indicated other responsibilities led them to forgo additional public service.

"It's been a pleasure working with the current board members and administration," Laffere said. "Due to other commitments, I will not pursue my position on the board."

Claflin cited work and family commitments as reasons not to run again in 2005 but said he's enjoyed his service to the school district.

"It's been a remarkable group of people to work with," he said.

Position 4, the seat occupied by Laffere, includes all territory north of Parallel Road and extending to the northern boundary of the school district. Claflin's position 6 encompasses all territory south of the Sherman Township boundary line, Kansas Highway 32 and Hemphill Road, and extending to the Kansas River.

Jeannin's position 5 includes all territory south of Parallel Road and extending to the Sherman Township boundary line.

According to the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office, no candidates have filed to run for school board.

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