Archive for Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Lifelong Tonganoxie resident ready for another board term

February 2, 2005

Kay Smith is a lifelong Tonganoxie resident who would like to serve another term on the Tonganoxie school board. She is running unopposed in the April 5 general election.

Smith, who teaches family and consumer science classes at Leavenworth High School, was elected to the board two years ago after Phil Weide resigned.

Smith and her husband, Douglas, have two children who attend school in Tonganoxie. Allee is in the ninth grade, and Mac is in the second grade.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in education at Emporia State University, and a master's degree in education at Mid-America Nazarene University.

In serving on the school board, Smith said, her goal is to make sure that school policies are followed as fairly and consistently as possible, within buildings, as well as between the schools.

"I would like the district to be proactive," Smith said.

One of her concerns has been security cameras.

The high school recently installed security cameras outside the high school.

"It's a useful tool," Smith said. "And I'd like to see them in the hallways, both at the high school and at the middle school."

As far as finances, Smith said the Tonganoxie school district is managing well.

She compared it to the Leavenworth district, which is having to cut back on costs because of declining enrollments. Smith noted that Tonganoxie is in good shape because of enrollment increases, which provides more state aid, as well as because of sound financial management.

Smith said she's looking forward to seeing construction begin on the new middle school.

And she's glad a volunteer group of local patrons, all with vast construction experience, has been formed to keep watch on the construction.

"That makes me feel better," Smith said. "... The more people we have looking at it, the better."

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