Friday, January 27, 2006

New Board Candidate

Jana Shaver filed yesterday for the Republican primary in district 9. She will face stealth candidate Iris Van Meter. The winner will face education professor Kent Runyan in the general election, unless another Democrat files.

Shaver is retired teacher with 27 years of experience, including work on staff development and curriculum alignment in the Independence system. She is also a trustee and past president of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.

I got a chance to meet her briefly last night at an event I'm writing up more fully.

It's nice to see two candidates with serious experience in education and educational administration filing to challenge Iris Van Meter. Van Meter's contribution to the Board has been minimal, she's merely marched in lockstep with Steve Abrams's whims. Her degree is in Christian Education from a Bible college, and her resumé doesn't indicate that she ever actually worked in education. Here's hoping for a change.