Andy Galyardt, a local certified property manager, filed today as a candidate for this spring's Lawrence school board election.
"I've really always wanted to be a giver and not a taker," Galyardt, 58, said in an interview today.
Galyardt said the city's public school system is "one of the truly outstanding benefits to living in Lawrence."
"As a resident of Lawrence since 1964, my family and I appreciate all that was in place in this community when we arrived, as well the continued growth and improvements since we have lived here," Galyardt said.
Galyardt and his wife, Cynthia, have three children, who are graduates of Lawrence High School.
HE HAS a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kansas State University and is an independent broker/partner at McGrew Real Estate Co. He is founder and former owner of Kaw Valley Management Inc.
Galyardt said his background would benefit Lawrence's school system.
"I've met a payroll," he said. "I've met a budget. I've produced bottom line. . . . I feel that my background and experience in business, coupled with my desire to serve all of the district, can contribute to the district planning process."
He said members of the school board, as well as all elected officials, must be fiscally responsible to the community, especially in "belt-tightening times."
"The challenges that lie ahead can only be solved by a combined effort of the board of education, the teachers, staff, students and citizens working together in harmony for the common goal of the best possible education for our children," Galyardt said.
GALYARDT SAID he supported a second high school in the Nov. 6 election. He said it was the hardest vote he had to cast. But he said it was a vote for his granddaughter.
"It behooves us to be sure that we wisely invest our money and protect the citizens of this community," he said. "I think the facilities issue has got to be addressed. We need to present it right and do it right."
Galyardt, who filed by petition, was chairman of the 1976 United Way Campaign and the United Way board of directors. Other community service includes a term on the Lawrence/Douglas County Planning Commission, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board of directors, chairman of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee and 2nd Congressional District vice chairman.