Basehor-Linwood school board candidate questionnaire: Dayna Miller
Incumbent Dayna Miller is running unopposed for Position 2 on the Basehor-Linwood school board in the April 5 election. Below are her responses to a questionnaire distributed by the Sentinel to the school board candidates.
For information on the other candidates and other election details, take a look at the Sentinel's 2011 local election voter's guide.
Biography: Dayna Miller
Family: Christopher, husband; Taylor, 16-year-old daughter; Tyler, 13-year-old son
Current employment: S&S Alloy Steel, Inc. in Tonganoxie
Education: Bachelor’s of Education from Washburn University
Number of years lived in the Basehor-Linwood area: 11
Previous public offices held, if any: USD 458 Board of Education – first term began in 2003
Community involvement: I have worked with each of the bond committees since 2000. I am a friend of the library. I have always volunteered in our schools as a Youth Friend. I have been very involved with the Glenwood Ridge PTO, Middle School Booster Club and now with the High School Booster Club. I was chosen to participate in the Leavenworth County Leadership program as well as the Kansas Association of School Boards' Leadership for Tomorrow Program.
What made you decide to run for re-election to the Basehor-Linwood school board?
I enjoy the cooperative relationship our board has with the Administration and Staff. I believe we can continue to provide a quality education for our students and I would like to continue to be a part of this team. I feel that I have more to offer and would like to see some projects through to the end.
What special qualifications would you bring to the office?
I have several years of experience on the board. As the district has grown, I have grown also. Those experiences and growth bring stability as well as a broad knowledge of the issues we face as a district.
How would you characterize your decisions and your voting record during your time on the school board?
I believe that our board has to make each decision based on the information we are given at the time coupled with our view of what is best for the students. I believe I have done that honestly and transparently.
What leadership qualities do you possess?
I am organized, a listener and engaged in school activities through my children. I seek to understand and I advocate for the things I believe in. I am also community-minded. I stay current on issues at the local as well as state level.
How do you plan stay in touch with constituents if you are elected?
I am always available to our constituents at community activities. I take phone calls and emails from patrons as well. I will continue to be available to listen to patrons and staff.
What is the best attribute of our school district, and why?
I believe our staff and administrators are our greatest asset. They work on a daily basis to make education better for our students. They are asked to do more with less each year and have continued to rise to the challenge. Our test scores and yearly progress reflect this dedication.
What are the three most important issues facing the school district, and how would you confront them?
Finances, student improvement and facilities are the three most important issues any district faces. We confront each in the same manner, with conversation and teamwork.
Do you think public schools are adequately funded? Why or why not?
What areas of the budget would you target for spending cuts, if those become necessary?
Our first priority has been to attempt to keep cuts from affecting the classroom. That will continue to be our priority.
Are the district’s teachers being compensated fairly? Why or why not?
In this economic climate, they are compensated at the level we can afford to compensate them.