About eight months ago, Verna Raines was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Leavenworth Board of Education.
Raines, 64, said she has gained a comprehensive perspective of what's happening in the school district. And she's now asking voters to elect her to a full four-year term on the board.
"I want to focus on the issues that impact each student's learning and success," she said.
She said this can be a variety of things including providing the best research-based instruction and maintaining a positive and safe learning environment for students.
Raines, a retired school counselor, is one of five people who have filed as candidates for the Leavenworth school board. Three at-large positions are up for election this year. The election will be April 2.
The other candidates are Mike Carney, Doug Darling, Mike Robinson and Danny Zeck. Robinson currently serves as the president of the school board. Carney, Darling and Zeck previously served on the board.
Raines said she wants to ensure that support continues for student achievement regardless of children's needs or their abilities.
She said school funding is among the important issues facing the district. She said it's important as a board member to understand the financial issues facing the schools and know what's going on at the state level.
She said school officials want to provide the best education they can with the funding that's available.
Raines said she knows there are no simple answers for the complex issues facing the district.
And while Raines said she wants to celebrate successes in the district, she knows there's need for improvement.
Raines said she worked in education for 40 years as a teacher and school counselor. She began her career in Texas. But most of her career ― 38 years ― was spent in Leavenworth.
Raines was appointed to the board in July, filling a vacancy created by a resignation.