Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2011

KU architecture professor Keith Diaz Moore files for seat on Lawrence school board

January 20, 2011


Keith Moore

Keith Moore

A Kansas University professor has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Lawrence school board.

Keith Diaz Moore, 44, is an associate professor and associate dean of graduate studies in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at KU.

“As a parent and from a philosophical viewpoint, I just view education as the best investment we can possibly make,” he said.

Moore lives at 1738 Barker Ave. with his wife, Laura Diaz Moore, who is an attorney, and two children, Zoe, 8, and Oliver, 5.

He serves on the Cordley Site Council and worked with the grassroots advocacy group Save Our Neighborhood Schools.

In the process of attending school board meetings for more than a year, Moore said he noticed that the board often seemed as if it didn’t have enough time to review its materials, and would seem to be making reactive decisions.

Moore called for a more holistic approach to ensure that all decisions — and budgetary investments — fit within a framework of a larger vision to improve education.

“What we need to remember is what a budget is,” Moore said. “It reflects our values. It just does it in dollar terms.”

As a member of the school board, Moore said he would seek to take an active role in advocating for the district with Topeka lawmakers.

He said schools would benefit from more community programs, potentially including partnerships with the library or with senior citizens’ groups.

Two other candidates, Marlene Merrill and Shannon Kimball, have filed for the four seats up for election on April 5.

The filing deadline is noon Jan. 25, in the clerk’s office at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.


Vinny1 7 years, 3 months ago

Don't do it Lawrence.

There is a reason this guy was voted/forced OUT as chair in the School of Architecture. He is terrible.

Mike Myers 7 years, 3 months ago

Spill it troll. What are you saying??? Inquiring minds want to know.

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

Keith Moore: wait and see. Shannon Kimbal: i know nothing about. also wait and see. Marlene Merrill: waited. saw.

maudeandcecil 7 years, 3 months ago

I’m excited that Keith has decided to run. I’ve worked with him and he’s a great guy- creative, smart, & ethical. He'll be good for the school district. I'm going to vote for him.

Stephen Roberts 7 years, 3 months ago

Oh great two people on the board wanting to save the small schools at all costs. If Vanessa wasn't bad, this is going to be worst. I agree that there are too many people on the school board with no business experience.

jrhighmom 7 years, 3 months ago

Vinny1 is sour grapes and small-minded. Keith is an excellent man and choice for school board. Having him step down as Chair in Arch was a HUGE mistake made by higher authorities against advice. He was promoted to Assoc Dean and thank goodness is still a part of the school. Vinny, stop living in the past blaming others for your misfortunes. Keith has many more supporters in the school than you and your rail-roading posse think. He's one of the few high administrators that actually listens to people.

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