Sunday, November 18, 2012
It started as a class project. A Valley Center high school senior came up with a plan she thinks would help people avoid long waits at the tag office.
Kayla Keith based her plan on an online app by Great Clips. You type in your address and it shows you all the locations in your area and how long the wait is. Keith has worked with the software company that created the app to develop a similar one that drivers can use to see how long the wait is at the tag office.
Kayla Keith can't vote yet - she turns 18 in a week - but she's already making big waves in local and state government. She's on a mission to bring long lines at the tag office to an end.
"More convenient on customers, because it's not convenient at all and with the app and the computer system it makes it easier plus it cuts the labor. It's saving them a lot of money and it's technology-driven so it's based on the future,” Keith said.
Last month, Keith presented her plan to local leaders. Thursday, she took her ideas to Topeka.
“I actually made note cards that I put on the podium with me and in bold letters that said 'Smile, you're gorgeous, slow down, you're doing fine' so I was pretty nervous,” Keith said.
Keith gave her presentation in front of the Senate's legislative budget committee. She was invited by Senator Carolyn McGinn who also invited the Director of Motor Vehicles for the Kansas Department of Revenue. Senator McGinn says the teen blew everyone away.
“She (the Director of Motor Vehicles) seemed very elated about moving forward and having somebody out there to cheer lead the cause,” McGinn said.
The project started as something she put together for class credit, but now Keith says she wants to see it through to the end.
“To make it happen, yeah. I would love for it to happen, that would be great. It would help a lot of people,” Keith said.
And it sounds like she just might be able to make it happen.
“We put in our committee report that this should move on and go to the appropriate committees as soon as we take up session in January,” McGinn said.