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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Robinson seeks second term on school board

  • Mike Robinson feels the Leavenworth school district has made a lot of progress during the four years he’s been on the school board.
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    • Fast facts
      Name: Mike Robinson
      Running for: Leavenworth Board of Education
      Age: 66
      Occupation: Defense contractor
      Political experience: Elected to one term on Leavenworth Board of Education
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      Fast facts
      Name: Mike Robinson

      Running for: Leavenworth Board of Education

      Age: 66

      Occupation: Defense contractor

      Political experience: Elected to one term on Leavenworth Board of Education
  • Mike Robinson feels the Leavenworth school district has made a lot of progress during the four years he’s been on the school board.
    But he said the district is in the middle of some things. And he’s asking voters to allow him to help finish the job by electing him to another term.
    There will be three at-large seats on the school board up for election this year. And Mike Robinson is one of at least two incumbents seeking re-election.
    As of about 1 p.m. Friday, four people had filed as candidates for the school board. In addition to Robinson, the candidates who filed are Doug Darling, Danny Zeck and Verna Raines. Raines has been serving on the school board since July when she was appointed to fill a vacancy. Zeck and Darling previously served on the board.
    The filing deadline for candidates is noon today.
    The general election will be April 2. A primary, if one is needed, will be held Feb. 26.
    Robinson is in his first term on the school board. He’s in his second year of serving as board president.
    He said the district is in the middle of an effort to change its culture in a more positive and forward leaning way as well as revamping professional development and instruction. And these are things he would like to be a part of during a second term on the board.
    He said his first priority as a board member is teaching and learning.
    The second priority deals with school funding. Robinson said he wants to protect, as much as possible, what the district has been doing in the area of teaching and learning against reductions in funding.
    When Robinson ran four years ago, he believed his experience as an educator would be a plus.
    Robinson taught English at Leavenworth High School from the fall of 1997 to January 2005.
    He still believes his experience as a teacher benefits him as a school board candidate. He also feels he benefits from the time he’s spent on the board.
    “It gives me a different perspective,” he said.
    As a school board member, Robinson said he enjoys providing a volunteer service to improve the school system.
    Members of the school board do not receive financial compensation for their service.
    Robinson retired from the Army in 1991 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He currently works for a defense contractor.

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