Archive for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

O’Hagan sets sights on board Position 6

April 1, 2009

Tim O’Hagan already is involved in the Tonganoxie School District.

A member of the Tonganoxie High School site council, O’ Hagan hopes to be part of another group — Tonganoxie School Board.

O’Hagan arrived in the area in 2004 and said he’s tried to play a constructive role in the community and the school. Along with being a member of the site council, he is a volunteer firefighter with the Tonganoxie Township Rural Fire Department. His wife, Miranda, works as a para-educator at Tonganoxie Middle School, while his son graduated from THS in 2007 and his daughter will graduate in 2011.

O’Hagan said he thought he could use his experience to contribute to the school district.

“The current board has done a good job of working through many issues, but I would like to help build more transparency and more accountability as a board member,” he said. “Innovation in difficult financial times is important but not without accountability and measures to gauge intended progress and success or failure.

“Personnel issues have to be resolved with kindness and respect, but also with firmness and decisiveness. I would also ask for more efforts to be made to look for alternate funding sources, perhaps through grants.”

Retired from the U.S. Air Force and currently working for the Department of the Army as an assistant professor at Fort Leavenworth, O’Hagan said his work in the Air Force provided valuable experience in leading and managing people and programs, as well as solving problems. As for his work as a professor at Fort Leavenworth, he said it gives him some unique insights about education.

“I teach, I develop curriculum, I have traveled extensively to look at other nation’s programs and I continue to study education at other nation’s programs and I continue to study education and education theories,” he said.

O’Hagan is running against Kris Grinter and Doug Tate for Position 6.

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