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Archive for Saturday, January 14, 1995

KEEN FILES FOR SCHOOL BOARD RACE

January 14, 1995

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Five candidates have filed for four seats, making an election necessary.

The slate of candidates for Lawrence school board has expanded to five, making an election necessary for the four available seats.

Virginia Keen, 65, and Carl E. Slaugh, 46, filed late this week.

The filing deadline is noon Jan. 24. Jamie Beletz, incumbent Mary Loveland and John West also have filed.

If nine or more people file, a primary will be held Feb. 28. The general election is April 4.

Keen, 255 N. Michigan, raised four children, three as a single mother after her husband died in an automobile accident 29 years ago.

"I want to see children from every section of town treated equally," she said in an interview Friday. "I want to see the single mothers have a fair shake."

Before retiring, Keen owned a small business and worked in doctor's and law offices. She retired so that she could help raise her granddaughter, who attends Riverside School.

She serves on the sixth-grade curriculum committee and on the board of the Wood Creek Townhome Assn.

On a fixed income, Keen wasn't sure she could afford to run. She was surprised the filing fee was only $5 and said she had friends who would let her put signs in their yards.

"I should have done this long ago," she said. "If I don't get in this year, I'll try again in two years."

Slaugh retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of major. He flew rescue helicopters and T-37 jets as a pilot instructor. He and his family recently moved to Lawrence from Sacramento, Calif.

He is pursuing a doctorate in education policy and leadership at Kansas University. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial education.

Three of his five children attend Lawrence schools: two at Lawrence High School and one at West Junior High School.

Over the summer, he took a course exploring Quality Performance Accreditation, a testing and curriculum system adopted by the Kansas Legislature in 1992, and said it provided better measuring sticks for quality education.

If elected, he said he would concentrate on academic programs.

"I would like to continue efforts in that direction, to change classroom size and try innovative new schedules, anything to allow teachers better contact with students," he said.

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