She got the green light from her family, so Lawrence school board member Mary Loveland saw nothing stopping her from running for a fourth term.
Loveland filed Tuesday for re-election.
"I had to check with my family," Loveland said. "They probably couldn't talk me out of it, but they had a right to have their say."
Loveland, who has been on the board since 1987, cited an interest in making a difference and a need for a strong board presence as reasons she chose to run again.
"We're at an interesting juncture right now," she said. "With a new superintendent (Kathleen Williams), I suspect she would appreciate some stability in the board."
Loveland said that keeping high standards in Lawrence schools was her main priority.
"We have a lot of opportunities for kids here, and the most important one is for a good education," she said.
Loveland said Lawrence teachers and staff adapted well to the rigors of the state performance tests instituted several years ago in schools throughout the state.
"It demands accountability, and they have to prove that accountability with data," she said. "The fact that there was an uproar in other parts of the state is a tribute to our staff. We've got a good school district that has a positive impact on children and provides a sound education."
Loveland has twice served as the board president, in 1991-1992 and 1997-1998.
She has been on more than 12 committees, including the Boundary Committee, the Equity Council, and the Junior High Curriculum Revision Task Force.
Loveland and her husband, Dr. Charles Loveland, have four adult children who graduated from Lawrence public schools.
Loveland said she is often asked why she wants to continue serving on the board when her children are no longer in Lawrence schools.
"I say, `Because I want the doctor who takes care of my heart attack in 20 years to have been very well educated,'" she said. "It's the same with the mechanic who takes care of my vehicle."
Loveland's seat on the board is one of four up for grabs, and she is the only incumbent who has filed to run again. Kerry Altenbernd remains undecided, and board members Carol Linhos and Maley Wilkins are not running again.
Loveland joins Scott Morgan, Carmela Sibley, Sue Morgan and Jeff Morrow in the race.
Candidates have until noon Jan. 26 to file for election. If more than eight candidates file for the four open school board positions, a primary will be held March 2.
The general election will be held April 6.
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