Willis stepped up to the plate

In 2014, he voted against building new schools. When asked to run for school board, he did.

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August 19, 2022 - 3:28 PM

Dan Willis, president of the USD 257 Board of Education, steps back to enjoy the first day of school Tuesday at the new Iola Elementary School. For the last six years, Willis and other school board members, school administrators and members of the public have worked to see Tuesday become a reality. “I’m overwhelmed,” he said as he watched students stream into the school. REGISTER/VICKI MOSS

One year after the 2014 school bond issue was soundly defeated, then-school board president Tony Leavitt recruited Dan Willis to run for a seat on the board.

“I wish I could say it was all about education,” Willis said in a Register article from 2019. “But that school bond issue was the biggest driver.”

After Willis secured the seat, Leavitt had another directive.

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