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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Zeck seeks another term on school board

  • After being off the Leavenworth Board of Education for several months, Danny Zeck is looking to serve another term on the board.
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  • After being off the Leavenworth Board of Education for several months, Danny Zeck is looking to serve another term on the board.
    Zeck is one of five people who filed to run for the school board this year.
    “I want to give back to Leavenworth,” Zeck said.
    He said he wants Leavenworth to be the best.
    Zeck has been elected to four terms on the board. He resigned in May from his seat on the board so his son, Derek, could be hired as the head girls basketball coach at Leavenworth High School.
    At the time, a policy prevented the district from hiring close relatives of board members.
    Zeck believes his resignation was what was best for the girls basketball team.
    Board members later updated the policy. The new version allows the district to hire immediate family members of board members for extracurricular personnel including athletic coaches.
    Zeck said, before filing as a candidate, he made sure policy would allow him to serve on the board even though his son is a high school coach.
    Zeck said he brings to the board the perspective of someone from the private sector. He said he also has a conservative point of view.
    He said, as a board member, he’s always made decisions based on what he thought was best for the children of Leavenworth.
    There are three at-large positions on the board that are up for election. No primary will be necessary. The general election will be April 2. The other candidates who filed for the Leavenworth Board of Education are Doug Darling, Mike Carney, Mike Robinson and Verna Raines. Robinson and Raines currently serve on the board. Darling and Carney previously served on the board.
    Zeck is retired as a car dealership owner. He now works part time for a clothing store.
    Zeck said one of the biggest issues facing the Leavenworth school district is funding.
    “We have to be smarter in how we spend the taxpayers’ money,” he said.
    Zeck said he has experience of being in business through good times and bad.
    Zeck believes the way teachers are paid has to be transformed.
    He said teachers aren’t paid enough, but he feels there has to be a better way to evaluate what they do.
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