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Candidates meet, greet public

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The public got its first opportunity to meet the At-Large Candidates for the Clay Community School Board of Trustees at City Hall Saturday.

All six candidates fielded questions regarding state funding, the elementary building renovation project, graduation rates and the future of the bus garage, administrative personnel and the future of Clay Community Schools.

With the current state of the economy, patrons were concerned with the amount of money the corporation is spending.

"The funding for education is changing," candidate Ron Scherb said. "With the recent cuts at the state, I would recommend a freeze on the construction at the elementary schools."

Candidate Leo Southworth expressed his own shock about the announcement at a recent school board meeting.

"When the cuts were announced at the meeting, (the administration) said they planned for the cuts," he said. "Other corporations are cutting teachers because they were putting all their general fund into teaching, but not here."

A concerned member of the community commented on how members of the administration are not from the county and the taxpayer money used to pay them is going out of the community.

"I am a firm believer in keeping money in the community," candidate Amy Burke Adams said. "There is an advantage to hiring qualified individuals from within the community."

Two current board members -- Forrest Buell, who represents District 4, and At-Large representative Brian Atkinson, who is not running for re-election -- were in the audience.

"I applaud all of you for deciding to serve the community in this capacity," Atkinson said. "It will be trying at times. Some meetings no one will be there, but when there is an item on the agenda that people care about, you will receive nothing but phone calls until the meeting and there will be standing room only at that meeting."

While topics continued, candidates answered questions regarding the current board and working with them as well as the community.

"The board has a responsibility to the taxpayers," candidate Barbara Nicoson said.

"Everyone will always have personal differences," Adams added. "But they will have to be put aside to get the job done."

One of the current situations facing new members would be the bus garage.

"I believe we should keep the barn where it is," candidate Philip Greenwell said. "Do nothing different right now, and when the economy picks up, do something."

"I believe that we should look at school corporations like ours," candidate Robert Miller added. "For the bus garage, I think the simpler, the better."

Though all members have different views and opinions on topics discussed, all agreed they wanted to do what was best for the children as well as making it through the difficult times facing the economy.

"I would like to commend you for running for the positions on the school board." Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle said. "I would encourage all of you to talk with teachers, administrators and the community."

There will be another public meeting for the candidates at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 14, at First Financial Bank in Clay City.

The six candidates -- Adams, Greenwell, Miller, Nicoson, Scherb and Southworth -- will be on the Primary Election ballot vying for the three open positions on the school board. The 2010 Primary Election will take place May 4.

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hmmmmm.... lets think about this. They have already started the construction on all of the elementary buildings and now the people that want voted into a position on the school board want to stop that. Now that is not to smart on their part. Since the public voiced their opinion for the building projects once, then why are these people trying to get it stopped now. What would that accomplish other than have the buildings and grounds torn up for who knows how long? With no answer insight. What would this accomplish? NOTHING!!!!!!! I agree with Adams that there will always be personal differences. I don't believe we should backslide in progress.

-- Posted by kibbemi on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 12:58 PM

Adams is correct, and those personal differences need to be put aside for what is best for our kids. As far as halting construction..... funding has already been allotted for the construction projects, and they have sorely been needed for a long time. Finish what has been started, and then move onto the bus garage. Forest Buell has cost us enough in legal fees to pay for a bus garage.

Bus Garage..... forget the coalyard, look elsewhere! Chicago Ave and Pinkley might work, or out by I-70 somewhere. There is no reason to spend 40,000 dollars an acre.

-- Posted by reddevil on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 6:59 PM

The people who carried the blue, against, petitions on the building project have convinced themselves they speak for the whole community. They believe the rest of us were dupped into signing the yellow petition. Now it appears that Southworth, Nicoson and Sherb still want to kill this project. "Mother" is right. If they get elected all they will do is continue to fight the same battles of personal issues and cost the community more money. These people speak for a handful of farmers who don't care about education. Their friends own lots of land and all they are interested in is lowering their friends and their own personal tax bill. What a shame ! It sounds like they will use a slash and burn policy to cut the budget that will only benefit the small group of people they represent.

I would like to meet the Adams lady and Mr. Miller. It sounds like they get it.

We need to forgive and move on... but never forget.

-- Posted by seventyx7 on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 7:51 PM

I guess a major concern that I have is what qualifications does anyone other than what Dr. King has. She is a professional educator with the best interest of the kids in mind. Wouldn't it make more sense to have other community leaders as members of the board. It seems that too many people that run for our board have personal agendas that they want to see through. How many members of the board have actually gone to teachers, administrators, and other personnel to ask why certain things are being done? How many board members have talked with Mr. Misner about how delapidated the bus garage is? These are tough times and we cannot risk the childrens' education of this community on people that either do not understand the complete operations of school, or have the ability to see the big picture. I would love to run, but my place of employment is outside of the county and time restraints do not allow it. I would love to know before election day, what background in the field of education do the candidates have. What changes do you want to see and the justification for these changes? Dr. Buell has done everything he can to halt progess, past members have looked out for only something that will benefit their children only, and others, like Dr. King, are actually trying to make a difference in all schools for all kids. I make a plea to anyone that can, and you share a vision for education for all, not for one, please run for the board when the time comes. We need people on the board that have sense of laws, kids, and educators.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 8:36 PM

I do not pretend to speak for Mr. Southworth, but I believe I have read in posts that he authored on other blogs that even though he fought against the current elementary school building plan (which I also personally disagreed with), he (nor I) does not believe that time and money should be spent (wasted) on something that has already been debated, bids awarded, and the projects actually started on. This is water under the bridge.

Leo, if he believes anything, it is fiscal responsibility. To stop a building program at this stage would be like setting a pile of money on fire. Dr. Buell on the other hand, given his past history, wants nothing more than to bankrupt the corporation by any means possible seeking to disolve it and thereby getting the southern portion of the county away from what he views as a drag on their (the southern Clay County tax payers) investments.

Generally speaking, It has always bothered me that in my opinion we have many well-qualified people in this community who would make great leaders or representatives, and yet almost all of those people do not seek office. I also question some of the "qualifications" of this present group of people seeking these positions. But there is at least one of these people coming off the board that didn't have what I thought should be necessary to be on the board to begin with.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Tue, Mar 9, 2010, at 7:27 AM

The Candidates will be in Clay City at 1 pm this Sunday at the First National Bank to meet the public. For those of you who want to meet them or ask them about their qualifications can do so then. GET INVOLVED!!!!

-- Posted by Claycountian on Tue, Mar 9, 2010, at 9:29 PM

Wow ! Electriceye, you don't know the REAL Dottie King. She has pursued her own personal agendas and probalby is not done yet. You must not go to Northview very often. I do agree that Dr. Buell has done a lot to defeat progress. What you have to realize is that some folks are just better at hiding their true intentions than others. As I have said before we need to forgive.... but never forget. My concern is for what some of the current candidates may be intending but not saying. Everyone who can needs to attend the candidate forum on Sunday.

-- Posted by seventyx7 on Thu, Mar 11, 2010, at 10:22 AM


I would be interested to know exactly what Dr. King has done at Northview for her personal agenda. I have talked with some of my friends that teach at Northview and all of them speak very highly of her and what she is trying to do on the board. By your words, it sounds like you have tried what everyone else does. Something does not go your way and you go to a board member to get something done. She told you no and now you want to put her down.

The best way to look at the School Board for this community should be this. If I get sick, I go to a doctor. If my car is not running properly, I take it to a mechanic. Wouldn't it make sense that if we want our schools to run effectively and effieciently, then we have people with educational backgrounds. A person cannot become an education expert by running for the school board. Perhaps we should look at other options for a school board. Perhaps we should look at what Greencastle has done with an appointment process.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 4:00 AM

Dr. Buell doesn't really want the projects stopped. If you would listen to what is being said you would know that he only wants a precedent set that these decisions not be made as they have in the past. He hasn't cost anyone any money, he is pointing out the obvious mistakes that this county keeps making.

Miller is a retired teacher. Miller, Buell, King, maybe others??? all have ties to education.

Could be a very interesting next few years!

-- Posted by __2--- on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 1:05 PM

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