Archive for Wednesday, December 27, 2006

School board members plan to run again

December 27, 2006

All three Basehor-Linwood school board members whose seats are up for election in April say they plan on seeking re-election.

And fourth seat -- formerly held by Danny Dearinger -- also will be filled in the April 3 election.

The filing deadline is noon Jan. 23.

These board members plan to file for re-election:

  • Doug Bittel, who holds position No. 7 on the board, which is at at-large position, open to anyone living in the district.
  • Dayna Miller, who holds position No. 2, which covers an area south of Parallel Road and extending to the Sherman Township boundary line (Kansas Highway 32 and Hemphill Road).
  • Kerry Mueller, who holds position No. 3, which is all territory south of the Sherman Township boundary line (Kansas Highway 32 and Hemphill Road) and extending to the Kansas River.

Position No. 1 on the school board is also up for grabs and has been vacant since April, when former board member Danny Dearinger resigned. It covers an area north of Parallel Road and extending to the northern boundary of the school district.

Bittel and Miller, who are both currently serving their first term on the board, said they are running for re-election because they feel like there is unfinished business in the district.

"I want to move our school district forward in a positive light," Miller said. "We've made major strides, and I think it would be premature for me to stop at this point. I want to see it through."

"I feel like our kids need more classrooms," Bittel said. "I feel like it's very important, and I haven't accomplished that yet."

Mueller, who has been on the school board since November 1992, said the main reason she plans to file is because she has enjoyed her time on the board.

"I've thought a lot about it," she said. "People have asked me to run again, and I enjoy it."

Superintendent Robert Albers said he has not heard of anybody else wishing to run for the four open positions yet, but encourages those interested in serving the school district to contact him for any information.

"There have been no inquiries on the vacant position," Albers said. "I would anticipate that all positions will be filled."

According to Janet Klasinski, deputy county clerk, school board candidates may file at the county clerk's office at the courthouse, 300 Walnut, Leavenworth. They must pay a $5 filing fee or present a petition signed by 25 Basehor-Linwood school district residents who are registered voters.

Longtime school board member and past president, Mueller, also offered some advice to those wishing to run for a position.

"Do not come with a personal agenda and remember the focus of why you're there -- to help our children," she said.

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