Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Hansen: Enrollment, budget require attention

March 28, 2001

Darlyn Hansen wants to work on the biggest issues facing the school district which he says are the budget and enrollment if elected to the school board.

Hansen is a candidate for the Fourth District seat in Tuesday's general election. Francie Campbell is also running for the position.

Hanson, 50, has lived in Tonganoxie for 12 years. He and his wife, Anna, have five children: Kimberly Johnson, 29, Matthew Tyson, 25, Leah Hansen, 18, Sara Hansen, 16 and Haley Hansen, 11.

Because their youngest child attends school in Tonganoxie, Hansen has seen the elementary school from the inside out. He says the facility needs improvement.

"There's overcrowding," Hansen said. "We're going to have to do something there to take care that so a bad situation doesn't get worse."

More space would help the teachers, he said.

"The teachers are great, but their hands are tied," Hansen said. "They should be able to do the things they need to do, and yet live with that they've got."

At the high school, Hansen would push for improvements or new buildings for the trade classes.

Facilities take a priority with Hansen.

"I think part of it is creating a positive teaching environment as far as facilities so that children will feel very solid and valuable," Hansen said. "When you can do that, I think other things will fall into place."

As for the 80 acres the district owns on the south side of Tonganoxie, Hansen said that, down the road, that would be an ideal location for a middle school for grades 5-7 or 6-8.

Hansen is self-employed at Micro Resources Inc., a Lawrence business that repairs microfilm equipment. He says it's his business background, as well as his leadership skills, that drew him to run for school board.

"I believe I can make a difference," he said.

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