Holecek new KASB Region 7 vice president

Darin Holecek
Ellsworth USD 527
Region 7

How long have you been a school board member? More than 10 years.

Why did you decide to become a board member? I wanted to become more educated on how the school system operates, be involved in public service, and most importantly be involved in local youth and their opportunities for a successful future.

What do you do outside of being a board member? For 22 years, employed with the Kansas Department of Corrections; Pheasants Forever (promoting youth and the outdoors); local USBC Bowling Association Manager; hunt; fish; sporting events; concerts; kids and family activities.

What experience do you bring to the table that will improve your local school district? Working as team member with boards and Multi-Disciplinary Teams at job with KDOC; knowledge of public safety and security concerns.

As a board member, what is the top goal you have this year? Helping to ensure all staff have the resources and training to be the most effective for all students in the district.

Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? Father — he was always the most honest person, hard-working and never asked anyone to do anything that he wouldn’t be right beside you, doing the same work.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Larry Fitzmorris, he was the toughest teacher and coach I ever had. He didn’t expect you to necessarily be the best, but to be the best you could be and give 100 percent, but not just in sports. He taught his students/athletes to be accountable for their actions/choices.

What is a saying or quote that you live by? “Everything happens for a reason.”

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