David J. Toland
Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204
How long have you been a school board member? Six years.
Why did you decide to become a board member? I joined the USD 204 Board of Education in 2013. I grew up in Edwardsville and graduated from Bonner Springs High School in 1991. I am currently the Training Director for the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, but the title I’m most proud to carry is Soccer Coach. I have coached the sport for the past 29 years and I’m even credited for starting the BSHS soccer program. During my childhood, my parents always stressed the importance of civic duty. Being a part of the political process and the issues affecting our schools is critical. It’s important for me to make the best decisions, not just for the students but for the teachers as well. If we don’t have quality teachers, we can’t produce quality students.
Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? James E. Toland, my father. He worked hard to provide for our family. He appreciated life and getting to know people. He taught me early about civic responsibility.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? This is a tough question considering I had so many great teachers going through school. Mrs. Berg is at the top of my list for sure. She was an Elementary school teacher of mine. She taught me a lot about being a caring person, staying true to who I am. As I became an adult, more of her lessons would come to mind, shaping me as an adult.
What do you do outside of being a board member? I work as a Sgt. at the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office. I have been there 12 years. My favorite thing other than being a father, is being a soccer coach. I have coached soccer in this community for the last 29 years. The last five years have been with Special Olympics. Our team was selected to represent the state of Kansas at the 2018 Special Olympics USA games in Seattle. We took the silver medal. I also coach a team for the MLS Exchange team. Major league soccer partnered with Special Olympics by sponsoring teams. I coach the Sporting KC Special Olympic team. That team was selected to represent USA at the Unified World Cup in Chicago. We are scheduled to play Ecuador, China and Germany next week. Special Olympics has become a huge part of my life.
What experience do you bring to the table that will improve your local school district? My experience in law enforcement brings a strong security minded person to the board. My honest and straight forward approach on things is something I have found to be very beneficial when it comes to being on any board.
As a board member, what is the top goal you have this year? One of the many goals is to continue to support and take care of the quality staff members. I believe if we have strong quality staff, we will produce strong quality students.
What is a saying or quote that you live by? Keeping it simple. Its a good life.