Tim O’Hagan questionnaire
Family: Wife, Miranda; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Nichole; son, Sean Shamus; daughter, Molly.
Education: BS, international affairs, US Naval Academy; MA, human resources development, Websters University
Occupation: Assistant professor, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Political and government experience: 24-year US Air Force career
Clubs or organizations: Tonganoxie Township Fire Department volunteer; THS Site Council
Why are you running for school board?
My daughter is in 10th grade at THS so I have a vested interest and I bring different experiences and knowledge to problem solving. I believe I can make a difference and help our school district through what are likely difficult times ahead.
What is your top priority for the district and why?
Increased transparency and accountability from all who impact our kids.
What qualifications should voters know about you?
I have a lot of experience in managing personnel, projects and programs. I teach critical thinking and problem solving as well as many other topics at the graduate level to future military leaders. I know how to deal with people and am a practiced facilitator and negotiator.
What is the most pressing issue facing the school district and how do you propose to take care of it?
I do not have a specific “pressing issue” to address. However, I bring to any issue or problem a balanced, experienced and knowledgeable approach to looking at issues and their intended and unintended results. I am a consensus builder and believe an informed community is best able and more willing to participate in helping to solve issues.
In light of these uncertain economic times, how should the district move forward knowing it faces less funding?
We need to look back to learn from past lessons on what works and what does not work. We also need to demand that specific goals are identified for any new policy or program and that short-, mid- and long-term measures of success and effectiveness are an integral part of any proposal requiring funds. I believe we should look for additional sources of funds to include private, federal and state grants. Also, I strongly believe that any major changes to budgets or policy should be discussed in open forum with community involvement. In all the above, our emphasis should be on preserving quality contact and learning time for our students.
As you campaign, what’s the top issue you’re hearing about from patrons and how do you intend to address it?
The financial crisis. We need to look at streamlining programs that do not directly impact the kids in the classroom, look for additional sources for financing, and look at rebalancing the different funding sources available to our district.