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  • Leachman hopes to continue serving on BOE

  • Leon Leachman has served two terms on the USD 490 Board of Education and he hopes to continue that service for another term.
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  • Leon Leachman has served two terms on the USD 490 Board of Education and he hopes to continue that service for another term.
    Leachman filed for re-election to his seat on the board.
    “Our kids are our most valuable things we have in this community,” he said. “We have had a bunch of things we needed to do for our kids.”
    He said they brought in a good administrator who would do a good job leading in those efforts.
    They also provided kids with a place where they could learn.
    Part of that was the bond issue that was passed for the new Skelly Elementary and El Dorado Middle School.
    “We’ve done a lot of good things there,” Leachman said.
    Now they’re looking at the possibility of a waiver for the state of Kansas for No Child Left Behind.
    Leachman wanted to be involved to make sure students get the best education they can.
    “One thing big to me is it (serving on the board) involves a lot more than being at a meeting one Monday a month,” he said.
    He believes board members need to be involved in school events.
    “It all boils down to there is a lot going on,” he said. “Now we need people to work with Sue (Givens, superintendent) to help make changes coming down the pike.”
    Leachman enjoys seeing the growth in kids through the opportunities and education they are provided.
    One of the most rewarding moments for Leachman was the first all-school awards assembly when they handed out awards of excellence.
    “Last year I got to hand a diploma to my first ‘I can read’ student who I had in second grade,” he added.
    One major issue for the district is security and he said they are looking at what is best for them to do.
    Leachman also has served on the Chamber of Commerce board and the Butler Foundation, of which he was president. He also is a member of Leadership Butler.
    “The school board is a big priority for me,” he said. “That’s our future. I want to give kids the opportunity to be their best.”

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