When it comes to serving the community, Mike Kinney said he feels working cohesiveness is key in getting results and tackling problems.
That’s exactly what he’s seen during his first year on the Bellevue Public Schools Board of Education.
Following last year’s appointment to the board, Kinney, a Democrat, said he is running for his first full term to continue working together as one body for Bellevue’s students and families.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with the engagement by both the board and the administration,” he said.
He said everyone he is come in contact with has treated their jobs seriously and given a great attention to detail.
“This current board works really well together, despite its differences,” he said.
Kinney said in his first year, the board and administration has focused on future with such issues as the loss of federal impact aide funds.
“This is an example of when people are addressing their work with foresight down the road.”
One issue Kinney said he hopes to address, should he be elected, is in regards to a recent move by Omaha Public Schools that requires athletes maintain a 2.0 grade-point average to participate, higher than current Nebraska School Activities Association regulations.
“I’m asking the board and administration whether we should change our requirements too, whether we should petition the NSAA to change statewide requirements,” he said.
Ultimately, though, Kinney said he would be satisfied to complete one goal if voters re-elect him: “My only goal is to do the best job that I can,” he said.