Weide: Enrollment dips district’s primary worry
Phil Weide has lived in Tonganoxie for eight years. He and his wife, Sandi, have two daughters, Charly, 19, and Chanel, 15.
Weide is running uncontested for the Fifth District seat on the Tonganoxie school board in the April 3 general election.
Weide, 40, who operates a family-owned concrete business in Kansas City, Kan., joined the school board three years ago.
"I was asked to fill in Gary Decker's position, and then I ran and got re-elected," Weide said.
He's enjoyed the work, he said.
"It's a pleasure to work with a good board like we have right now," Weide said. "I know we've had a few problems here lately with a few students, but overall, our students here are wonderful. They're really good students and we don't have much trouble at all."
Weide considers the school's main accomplishment in the last three years to be the success of the band programs and the football program, as well as the construction of the school's new multipurpose building, which includes a weightroom, and the improvements at the high school athletic complex.
The primary worry of the district now, he said is declining enrollment.
"They say our town is growing," Weide said. "But we're declining in students. There's 113 home-school student in the district and I'd like to get 110 of them into our program with the building trades classes and band."