Why would I want to be re-elected? I have been thinking about this question since the beginning of the year. With my previous term starting at the beginning of the Facilities Plan, the experience has not always been pleasing. Hard choices, meetings with the angry public, heart-wrenching stories, were just some of the less favorable duties to fulfill, but then the uplifting stories came through. Hearing from students who had positive educational experiences that they couldn’t wait to share, be it a trip, concert, or just a story about their teacher made it all worthwhile. These are the reasons I want to go on, I wish to continue to advocate and bring forward issues that pertain to public education and to the Creston Valley and to create more opportunities for our students. I do not rubber stamp issues I take the time to ask questions. I am continually learning in my role and wish to move forward making sure our schools meet the needs of the students we serve. The board of education needs to be accountable to the members of the communities we are elected from. This is why I poll, ask, listen to all sides before making large decisions that would affect us all. I think the addition of student Trustees at the board table is a welcome one as they were the only ones up until this fall without a voice at the board level. Yet another level of input of how things are going or not.
Some decisions are not popular, some are simple.
We need Trustees that ask the questions and do not have a problem bringing issues up that are not easy. Trustees who think for themselves, and can be held accountable to the constituents that put them there in the first place. Before you mark your “x” on your ballot, please know who you are voting for.