This is the seventh installment in a series introducing 2013 local election matchups.
Education: Attended Johnson County Community College and Kansas State University
Occupation: Owner/CFO/Accountant Wince Family Dental Associates, McPherson
Experience: 20 plus years as an accountant, I have knowledge of budgeting, taxes, fiscal responsibilities; Member of Curriculum Coordinating Council; Member of Policy Council for the Pre-K Program; Member of C3 Task Force, formerly Demonstration Learning Communities; PTO Member and Book Fair Chairperson; Trained in Advocacy for Early Childhood Education; Served on miscellaneous review committees for McPherson School District
1. Why are you running for the school board?
I am running for School Board for several reasons. I have three children at Eisenhower Elementary; therefore, I have a vested interest in the education provided for our children. With the committees that I’m a member of, I understand the need for parental involvement and civic responsibility. I have an understanding of budgeting and taxes and the difficulties in which those things can put on a community and a family. As a business owner, I understand the importance of quality schools and student success and their impact on our future workforce and the success of our McPherson community.
2. What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
I see the three parts of C3 (Citizenship, College and Career Readiness) to be equal. As a member of the school board, I would want to continue to promote the idea that not all children may choose to go to college and, yet, still be a success story. I know we get caught up in the “College” part of C3, as we should, but the other parts are equally important, especially, to those who may choose an alternate career path.
3. What, if anything, do you think the state needs to do to reform the school funding formula?
I am not sure “reform” of the school funding formula is necessary if promises made by lawmakers were actually realized. The Supreme Court ordered funding to be increased for elementary and secondary education, but the state has failed to do just that. The state wants to change its own ruling on school funding; however, what the state and lawmakers need to understand is just how important this funding is to education. Without the funding, which was already determined to be due to us, our schools and our children, will be greatly affected.
4. What role do you think the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas Courts should have in determining funding and curriculum for Kansas’ schools? What role do you think local school boards should have?
I think there needs to be the balance of both legislature and court influence on funding for schools in Kansas, but once decisions are made and bills are passed, going back on those decisions creates an unstable environment for all of our schools. I also believe the curriculum should be left to local school boards. A “one-size-fits-all” mentality should not be used when structuring our school curriculums.
5. Do you support the USD 418 bond issue? Please explain.
I absolutely support the school bond. We have an opportunity to pass a much needed bond and lower taxes. This doesn’t happen very often and we should take advantage of it. This bond is necessary to better our schools and offer more flexibility to our students and staff. If the bond doesn’t pass, it forces the board to ask again in a year or a few years for more money to fix these same things, likely resulting in an increase in taxes. The projects this bond would pay for are not frivolous, they are must-haves. Better schools make for better communities, and we all benefit from that.