Clay Community School (CCS) board members interviewed three candidates to fill the vacant school board seat during Tuesday evening's special meeting.
The applicants included retired Putnam County teacher Marie Moore, former school board member Dave Wise and a concerned parent from Clay County, Tammy Beasley.
* Why do want to be on the school board,
* What perspective could you bring as a school board member,
* What would you do to improve our graduation rate and success,
* How would you better prepare students for the work force?
Moore taught business and vocational programs at Cloverdale High School. A member of the Putnam County Retired Teachers Association, she expressed concerns about high school drop-out rates and ways to remedy the issue.
"The best place to effect education today is to be on the school board. I believe we need to find a way to reach the students who can be identified as at-risk by their freshman year," Moore said. "Freshman teachers can communicate with eighth-grade teachers to find out who these students are and figure the best ways to help them."
"The key to a successful life is service to others. Being a school board member gives me a chance to help better our children and be actively involved in the community," Wise explained.
Beasley is the mother of three children who've all went through the CCS system.
She gave unique suggestions on how to better prepare students for the work force.
"We need to meet more with each student and ask them what they think," Beasley told board members.
"Students should be meeting with their counselors and volunteering in the community because it gives them some good experience for the future and benefits the community."
Board members are set to meet Thursday evening to swear in the new board member during the special session at the North Clay Middle School Media Center which begins at 7:30 p.m.