Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Former Lansing schoolteacher runs for board

January 20, 2005

A former Lansing school district instrumental music director Robert Nicholas has filed for one of the four Lansing School Board seats up for election in April.

"As a former teacher in the district, I feel passionately about our obligation to provide the best education possible for the young people of our community," Nicholas said. "As a citizen of Lansing, I feel that one of the best investments that we can make in our community is to ensure that we maintain the highest quality public schools."

Nicholas, who retired last year from the district, now works at Fort Leavenworth as an instructional systems designer, which means he develops distance-learning courseware for the military.

When he was teaching in Lansing, Nicholas also was the representative of the Lansing Education Association for the middle school and the vice president of that association. He is currently a senior noncommissioned officer in the United States Army Reserves, as well as a participant in the Leavenworth Brass Ensemble during the holidays.

Nicholas said he thought Lansing had one of the best districts in the county and that he would like to maintain that position. He said he believed the board needed to "charge the superintendent with exploring every option in finding affordable health insurance for the district staff."

He added he thought the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling meant the district was in a promising time in regard to school funding.

Nicholas holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Wichita State University and is working on a master's degree in instructional design and technology from Emporia State University.

Incumbents Stuart Lyon and Karalin Alsdurf have said they would seek to retain their seats. Keith Rickard, who has served for nearly six years, is still considering whether to run again.

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

Beth Stevenson, mother of six students in the district, also has filed.

Mike Nielsen, father of two students, filed Wednesday. See next week's Current for more information about Nielsen or read about him at lansingcurrent.com.

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