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Michael Doyle: Candidate says his pediatric practice gives him an understanding of kids

Sara Thompson

Michael Doyle has been a practicing pediatrician at Lake Tahoe long enough that some of his first patients are now freshmen on the high school football team.

Because of his position in the community, Doyle — who is running for a seat on the board of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District — said he’s accessible to teachers, parents and students. He has been living in South Lake Tahoe and practicing medicine here for 14 years. His knowledge and experience with children gives him a good understanding of the wants and needs of the community, he said. He is also a regular participant in the Early Intervention Team.

Not only has Doyle worked with children his whole life, he has some of his own. He and his wife, Madonna Smith, have six children, ranging in age from 8 to 16.

When asked what issues were important in this election, Doyle said the first thing that needs to be done is to raise test scores. This needs to be done so the district can remove itself from the status of a Program Improvement district, he said.

Another area that needs improvement is the vocational education program at the high school.

Since less than a quarter of the graduates are moving on to a four-year college or university, it’s crucial that the high school provides other options for students to make a living, he said.

“The opportunity is there for kids to succeed,” Doyle said.

Enrollment is another top issue for Doyle. For enrollment to become stable, or even increase, the schools must provide programs that give parents the best options for their children, otherwise they might just move off the hill, he said.

The key to a strong school district is the parents, he said. The community support is there if asked for it, he said. The community rallied to support class size reduction and the new track, so it’s clear it can happen, he said.

Doyle keeps busy with his profession, but he is confident he’ll be an accessible school board member.

“When you’re busy, you turn the efficiency up a notch,” Doyle said.

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