November 22, 2014

USD 230 voters to stock school board

Voters in the Spring Hill School District will select three school board members on April 2. In the race for position no. 6, Jason Winbolt is uncontested.
Recently, The Gardner News sent questionnaires to the four candidates for school board facing-off for two other seats.
Current board members Eric Boyle and Max Strausbaugh are running for position no. 4. Newcomers Sharon Mitchell and Jack Tate are running for position no. 5.

Position No. 4
What is the most important responsibility of a school board?

Eric Boyle:
A school board’s primary responsibility is to employ and evaluate the superintendent.

Max Strausbaugh:
Giving the students of  the best education possible.

Describe what you believe to be the superintendent’s role.

Boyle:
As the school board’s only direct employee, the superintendent’s role is to manage the day to day operation of the district in support of the board’s vision.

Strausbaugh:
To guide the district in the right direction and maintain the highest quality of education as possible.

What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?

Boyle:
The board’s roles and responsibilities include establishing the district vision, future planning, goal setting, policy creation, evaluating the superintendent and providing a voice for the community in determining the direction of the district.

Strausbaugh:
To oversee the district and make sure that the students are getting the best education   possible within the district capabilities.

What motivates you to become a school board member?

Boyle:
I am a former high school science teacher and have been serving on the Spring Hill Board of Education for the last 12 years. I am proud of our accomplishments over that time and believe I am the right person to continue in this position. My background as a teacher provides a unique perspective when considering policies for the district. I would like to help Spring Hill continue to manage our exceptional growth during a time of uncertainty in the state and federal budgets.

Strausbaugh:
To be and overseer for the citizen and to ensure that they are getting the finest quality education possible for their tax dollar.

Position No. 5
What is the most important responsibility of a school board?

Sharon Mitchell:
Quite simply, the most important role of the school board is to oversee the implementation of the education of the next generation.

Jack Tate:
To oversee the superintendent of schools and hold him/her accountable for accomplishing the districts goals as well as help build support for public education.

Describe what you believe to be the superintendent’s role.

Mitchell:
As the chief administrator, the superintendent is ultimately responsible for everything that happens within the jurisdiction of the school district. The superintendent’s multi-faceted role is to faithfully execute, through personal supervision and effective delegation, all aspects related to education and safety of the students, details with employees (both certified and classified), planning, building and maintenance of facilities and acquisition and use of land.  These duties need to be performed with the most effective and efficient use of the revenue granted to the school district by the taxpayers.

Tate:
To run the day to day operations of the district and implement the policies and goals that are established for the district.

What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?

Mitchell:
The School Board is a group of public servants, who act as the ultimate governing body over the school district.  It provides support, oversight, and accountability for the superintendent, administration and staff.  However, its responsibility is not merely staff but, also to students, parents, taxpayers, and the community as a whole.   The board ensures that the school district is a responsible steward of the resources of the community and provides excellent educational opportunities for each student.  The responsibility to build and preserve the good reputation and character of the school district rests on the shoulders of each board member.
Tate:
To represent and be accountable to the community by being an advocate to the students, their parents and the community.  To  listen to and keep the parents, students and community informed of the schools accomplishments, challenges, and needs.  Help the administration set policies, budgets and goals that meet and that are in line with the districts vision.

What motivates you to become a board member?

Mitchell:
My biggest motivation to serve on the Board is the future of my five children (all currently in the Spring Hill schools) and their fellow students.  The future of our community rests in their hands and their hearts.
I offer a perspective that is not represented on the board now or in the recent past, that of the stay-at-home parent.   I have been involved with planning committees and service organizations at the classroom, building and district level for over ten years.  These experiences lend insight in both breadth and depth.

Tate:
The opportunity to help our young people succeed by better preparing them for the future.

Comments

  1. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    One position uncontested and rather vanilla answers from the four candidates for the other two positions. Apparently, Spring Hill candidates, taxpayers, parents and patrons are relatively comfortable and pleased with the performance of their board and administration. I think that’s an admirable situation to be in.

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