Looking forward to renovations in older buildings and the challenge of high accreditation standards, Mary Loveland announced Tuesday that she would run for a third term on the Lawrence school board.
Loveland, 46, is the only incumbent who will seek another term in the April 4 election. She is in her second four-year term.
"There are so many things in the district we have initiated; I would like to see that through for another term," she said in an interview this morning.
John E. West, a candidate who filed late Tuesday, could not be reached. According to documents, he works as an auditor for RGIS Inventory Specialists in Mission.
Perhaps the most difficult dilemma the school board will face in coming years is rising state accreditation standards and tightening state purse strings, Loveland said. Standards no longer measure the number of coat hooks and library books, she said.
"We have a performance standard that's being placed on students," she said. "I, personally, like that."
District administrators have said Lawrence schools have yet to reach those standards.
Loveland has served on more than 12 committees during her tenure, including the Boundary Committee, the Equity Council and the Junior High Curriculum Revision Task Force. She was board president in 1991-92.
Loveland's four children have attended Lawrence schools. She has a daughter, Aidan, a ninth-grader at West Junior High School, a daughter, Morgan, a junior at Lawrence High School, a son, Doug, a sophomore architecture student at Kansas University, and a daughter, Meredith, a senior at Boston University.
"I've got some kids who have only remembered their mom being on the school board," she said.
Incumbents don't always fare well in local elections, a fact of which Loveland is aware.
"When you've been involved with issues for eight years -- and I haven't shrunk back -- you carry some baggage," she said.