I would like to introduce myself to District 3 and the rest of Clay County. My name is Christopher A. Styleburg and I am running for school board in District 3. I want to give you a brief history of myself, some of my beliefs and what I'd like to see changed.
I graduated in 1982 from Brazil Senior High School. If you're counting, I'm 39 years old. I was born and raised in Brazil. After getting out of school, I went into the Air Force where I was sent overseas. When I got out, I came back to Brazil where I had a few jobs before I started working at the Indiana Boys School where I worked for 10 years. I left there to come back to Brazil to purchase Jack's Fine Foods where I had worked off and on since I was 13 years old.
I live in the New England area next to Knightsville. I have a wonderful wife and three great kids (first, fourth and sixth grades). Tina, my wife, has her beautician shop at home. My kids, Marcus, age 11, attends Chauncey Rose, T.J. Tilley, age 10, and Tori Tilly, age 6, got to Van Buren Elementary.
My beliefs on the school system are it should be run as if it were a business. In business, if you don't have the money you can't spend it until you find a solution. That's when as a school system you tighten your belt so you can get what's more important which should be education first! I am strictly against micro-managing the schools. School board members are decision and policy makers. The school board's authority to make decisions starts and stops during the meeting. If that authority is used at any other time, it is against the code of conduct for school board members. Within the school system there is a chain of command. If you have a problem you should address the teacher first, giving them the respect to handle the problem. Every problem I ever had was always solved after talking to the teacher. If you can't get the problem resolved with the teacher, take it to the principal, and if that doesn't work, take it to the superintendent, because the school board should be the last to get involved.
I believe that school should be a safe place where a child can receive the best education possible, being treated fairly, where they all have the same rules. This means that all students are governed by the same rules and these rules do not apply to just certain students. I think we have a lot of great teachers in the school system, but many of them seem to be frustrated with the way things are going; that's why the school board, the superintendent and the teachers should be working hand-in-hand in coming up with solutions to give students the best education possible.
I thank you for taking the time to read my letter and if there is anything that you would like to discuss, you can reach me here at Jack's (812) 448-1285. For District 3, it will be a difficult decision for voters because I think Mrs. King is also a good candidate and I wish her good luck.