Four candidates are competing for two open District 3 spots on the Fairfield Communty Schools’ Board of Trustees.
Candidate information follows:
Address: 18990 Wild Rose Road, New Paris
Education: High School; Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
Related experience: As a Goshen Police Department school resource officer I was assigned to the Goshen Middle School. I worked closely with school officials on all levels regarding school safety issues. This would also include developing and implementing school safety procedures for Goshen School Corp.
Occupation: Goshen police detective (child victim cases)
Why have you decided to run for election?
As a parent of two Fairfield students my children have been in the school system since elementary school. I felt that with the opening available on the school board this was a way that I could give back to our wonderful school system. I feel that it would be an honor to serve as a representative for the people not only in my township but all over the school district and to be a voice for their concerns on the school board.
What do you feel are some of the biggest issues or challenges currently facing the school board, or schools in general?
I feel that one of the biggest issues facing schools today, not only at Fairfield, but all over the state, is in regards to funding. Available funds is a huge issue for all schools. Maintaining the highest academics level possible, including teacher’s salaries, staffing, and making sure we have the best academic programs to prepare our students for the future is a high priority. It is also important to maintain the extracurricular activities, not just sports but also in fine Aarts and the many other wonderful programs Fairfield has to offer. These activities have all been proven to benefit a student’s chance at a successful future. It is also important for our students to have the best technology available. This would not only include computers, but also lab equipment and other items needed for teaching. All of these items require a lot of funding.
How would you work to address those issues if elected?
If elected, I look forward to working alongside the superintendent, current school board members, administrators, and other school officials to help keep Fairfield one of the finest school corporations in the state. Educating myself on the issues and making a responsible vote on those issues that come before the board is a necessity. It is important to also listen to what our teachers and parents have to say about these issues and getting their input is equally as important.