On the Turner school board, three candidates are running unopposed for three positions, and another three candidates are running to fill one unexpired term.
The three incumbents running without opposition in the general election are Joy D. Beery, Dennis L. Peters and Steve Russell.
Running for one unexpired term on the board are Richard Hernandez Jr., Douglas Lockwood and Matthew D. Marine.
Richard Hernandez Jr.
Richard Hernandez Jr., 18, is a candidate for the Turner School Board, unexpired term.
A Turner High School student, he is the president of the KAY Club; Student Council treasurer; and member of the National Honor Society. He also belongs to the Spanish Club, Scholars Bowl, PTA, Senior Executive Council and the Gallon Grad Blood Donor program.
He said he was running to help improve Turner’s academics and college preparation.
“I would like for our high school to give more college preparation to the students,” Hernandez stated. “We are not on the same level as other schools and should be. I had to find my own way to really study for the ACT and there is not much help for students to know how to prepare for college, we knew how to apply but that is about it.
“Our schools are all about test scores which are great, but once we get into high school priorities need to change,” Hernandez stated.
Douglas C. Lockwood, 63, a retired attorney, is a candidate for the Turner School Board, unexpired term.
Lockwood has a bachelor’s of business administration and a master’s of business administration from Central Missouri State University, a Juris Doctor degree from the UMKC School of Law, and a certified financial planning certification from the College of Financial Planning, Denver.
He is a member of the Turner PTSA, Turner Foundation, Kansas City Barbecue Society, Kansas City Blues Society and Sierra Club.
Lockwood stated he is running to help the school district provide the best education possible for all its students.
If future cuts are necessary, at the top of the list would be anything that does not advance the objective of providing the best education possible to prepare Turner students for their future success, he said.
“Our children are our future,” he stated. “We must prepare them to maximize their full potential for success.”
Matthew D. Marine
Matthew Marine, 46, is a candidate for an unexpired term on the Turner School Board.
Marine, a senior field claims representative, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University. He is a board member for Shoot for the Cure to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
He stated he is running because he has two children in the district and values education highly as a family. He believes a quality education is important to prepare children for life.
“We have got to emphasize to our students that they must consider higher education in their future plans, if they want to reach their goals in life,” he stated. “I have heard too many times that we need to lower our expectations, simply because we live in a certain part of the city. I do not accept the idea that just because it is Turner, or Wyandotte County, that our students cannot aspire to the same goals as any other area of the city.”