Mike Carney feels people are upset with things happening on the Leavenworth Board of Education. And he says people have asked him to run for the board.
"I just want to get involved with it," he said.
Carney said he also feels obligated to run this time around after he dropped out of a school board race two years ago.
"I kind of feel bad because I got a lot of votes," he said.
Carney is one of five people who filed to run for the school board this year.
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 Robinson, Verna Raines and Danny Zeck. Robinson and Raines currently serve on the board. Darling and Zeck previously served on the board.
Carney also has served on the board. He served one term from 2001-2005.
He is retired vocational training director at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. He now works part-time for Disabled American Veterans as a senior department service officer. He served in the Navy and is a Vietnam War veteran.
Carney said he is a lifelong resident of Leavenworth. His wife teaches at Leavenworth High School and Richard W. Warren Middle School.
Carney feels it's important for school board members to be stewards for taxpayers. He said board members represent the children of the district but they also represent the taxpayers.
Another thing that is important to Carney is having a good fitness program for students. He said this not simply physical education.
He said a PE teacher can give children a ball and have them play a game.
"That's not developing kids to be fit," he said.
Another area that's important to Carney is providing career paths for students who may not be going to college.
"A lot of things take just a little extra work," he said.
He also expressed concern about what he described as a resurgence in a top heavy school board office in terms of administration and salaries.
Carney said when he was on the board there was an effort to cut back staff and consolidate.
Carney said another important area of focus is evaluation of administrators and teachers. He said there needs to be solid standards for administrators, teachers and other staff.