Tough Balance for School Board Nominee

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By Mike Masson
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

LANSING – Studying to receive a PhD can be hard enough. Trying to balance education while raising a family can be even harder. Add all of that to a campaign for school board, and it sounds like too much to handle.

Bring in Brian Beverly.

Beverly is more than just your average, run-of-the-mill adult. He is currently running for a seat on the Lansing School District Board of Education. A position he highly regards as he has been in an educational family for most of his life.

Lansing School District education building (Photo by Mike Masson)

Lansing School District education building (Photo by Mike Masson)

“My father was a former principal, and I’m a former employee of Lansing schools”, said Beverly. “So I grew up connected to the district and I continue and hope to continue to do so in the future.”

Beverly will hope to follow his educational aspirations with the upcoming elections which will take place on Nov. 4. There are seven candidates who are vying for three open seats. Two of the seven candidates are those who have held board positions in the past, and are referred to as incumbents.

Beverly would go on to explain what he has done to try and gain support for his election.

“I’ve sought several endorsements from community organizations, and participated in several candidate interviews with various organizations from around town”, said Beverly. “Also, I put out mailings and went door-to-door to introduce myself to the community.”

“My biggest challenge would have to be balancing academic and professional obligations while also spending quality time with my family”, Beverly said.

The academic obligation he speaks of is his pursuit of a PhD from a Big Ten University, Michigan State. Beverly has already received a Master’s degree from MSU, and is now in his third year as a doctoral student for educational policy.

Between everything that Beverly is doing at this time, he remains humbled by the opportunities that lie in front of him.

“It’s been a learning experience, first and foremost. It’s been humbling to receive the outpouring of support from my community.”

The 2014 Lansing School Board elections will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Contact reporter Mike Masson: massonmi@msu.edu, 248-808-1778

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