Former board member attempting to regain old seat
Randy Cunningham, a former Basehor-Linwood School Board member, wants his old job back and, come April's election, he just might get his wish.
Three years ago, Cunningham, then school board vice-president, resigned after seven years of service. He said time constraints made it difficult to continue serving on the board. However, this week Cunningham said he may have jumped the gun in 2002.
"I've really kind of missed it all," he said. "I kind of felt like I made a mistake (by resigning). I enjoyed it. Anytime you can work for the good of children in the community you live in, that's a good thing."
Because interest for the seat was mild, Cunningham decided to declare for the office.
He is the lone candidate seeking the position.
Cunningham said his views on education are nearly the same as they were in 1994 when voters elected him.
"We need to give them every advantage we can give them. I would like to see Basehor as the place to live and send your children to school -- and I think we're approaching that."
For each school board candidate, it's inevitable that their stance on handling current and future growth will be an important measuring stick for voters. Cunningham, who was a school board member in 1998, when the district approved its last bond issue, said he would be in favor of a responsible bond issue being placed before the voters.
"Growth is inevitable. It's going to happen regardless of how people try to stop it, if they're trying to stop it, so we have to be prepared for it."
He added that "the quality and the quantity of the education that my children and your children are going to get" is his top concern for the school district.
Cunningham, 54, is the owner and broker of Re/Max All American Real Estate and has lived in the school district since 1993.
He is currently a member of the Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1 water board and a member of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
He will be attending the "Meet the Candidates" forum Feb. 22.