Archive for Thursday, December 30, 2004

School board members weigh re-election plans

December 30, 2004, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: December 30, 2004, 3:14 p.m.

Four positions on the Lansing School Board are up for re-election in the coming year.

Two of those currently seated plan to try for another term, one is considering, and the fourth has declined to run again.

Stuart Lyon, who is planning to run for another term, finished his first term this year. Terms are four years.

Lyon said he'd like to see the bond process carried out.

"I've enjoyed all the things I've learned about the district in the time I've served already, and I'd like to use the experience I've had and the things I understand to serve the community another term," Lyon said.

Karalin Alsdurf, who is finishing her first year after stepping in for a member who moved out of state, also is interested in serving a full term beginning next year.

Keith Rickard, who has served for nearly six years, is still considering whether or not to run again.

"I've enjoyed my time on the board, so I'm thinking of running again, but I haven't made a firm decision yet," Rickard said.

Jack Kochenour, who also is finishing his first term, said he would not seek re-election, for personal reasons.

Residents interested in running for the open spots must file with the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office. County Clerk Linda A. Scheer said Beth Stevenson has filed to run for one of the positions.

Stevenson, a Lansing resident since 1991, said being involved with the school board was something close to her heart.

"I think making sure our kids get a good education and maintaining quality in our schools is very important," said Stevenson, the mother of six boys, four of whom are still in Lansing schools.

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