This is the first installment in a series introducing 2013 local election matchups.
Education: McPherson High School graduate
Occupation: F.C.C No. 2 operator at NCRA
Experience: Canton Galva Booster Club, member of Canton-Galva Bond Issue Steering Committee,
Canton United Methodist Church Member (served on multiple committees), Canton Volunteer Fire Department.
1. Why are you running for school board?
Currently I have three children, ages 10, 13 and 17, in the Canton-Galva school district. I am running for a seat on the school board because I feel it is important to be involved in my children’s school system.
2. What would you like to accomplish as a school board member?
My goal is to assist in facilitating a smooth transition in combining our middle school and high school, as well as moving our elementary school to Galva. We are just getting ready to begin this project so there will be multiple decisions that need to be made to help this transition flow as smoothly as possible. This change will bring new opportunities for students at Canton-Galva. I would like to be involved as the district explores different curriculum ideas.
3. What if anything do you think the state needs to Do To reform the school funding formula?
I would like to see no further reductions in the amount of funding per pupil from the state. It should, in fact, increase to keep pace with inflation and the rising costs of employees and operations. At the very minimum the state should provide districts with a definite per pupil amount to budget from, not an estimate that they can later reduce.
4. What role do you think the Kansas Legislature and courts should have in determining funding and curriculum for Kansas’ schools? What role do you think local school boards should have?
I understand the state needs to mandate the criteria for schools to follow. I do believe that a school board, along with administration and faculty, should have a say in the way this criteria is met. The focus of the state should be on the schools that fail to meet the state mandated criteria. As for funding, the Kansas legislature at the very least should protect the current funding of $3,838 per pupil. The district courts have ruled this funding should be increased. School boards have to work to make the optimal use out of these funds as this is being deliberated.