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Board of Education 2017 Alexander Local School District {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Voters may select up to 3 candidates for the Alexander Local School District Board of Education.
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  • Jay Barnes Certified Public Accountant

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    Josh Collins Project Manager / Engineer

  • Fred Davis Retired

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    Lucy deLaval Juedes Stay-at-home mom, substitute teacher

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    Margaret Demko Council Coordinator, Grant writer, Child and Family Advocate

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    Ralph Harvey, Sr. security

  • Jody Monk

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How does a school board balance the need to provide a quality education with the need to respond to the local taxpayer burden?

What do you hope to accomplish as a school board member?

Campaign Phone (740) 591-6467
Education and Experience Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on Accounting from the University of Central Florida. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Ohio. Owner of Smith & Barnes CPA
For over 20 years, I have been advising my business clients on balancing their business goals with their revenue and expenses. The Board and the administration must maximize the quality of education based upon anticipated revenue and expenses. In today's economic environment, expenses are outpacing revenue. While state funding has been flat and is anticipated to remain flat, local taxpayer funding is the last recourse before reducing expenses becomes necessary.
I hope to be able to continue the excellent education provided by Alexander Schools by leaning on my business and accounting background. Having one daughter who graduated from Alexander and another who is a freshman, I can attest to the quality of education provided.
Campaign Phone (740) 590-7361
Education and Experience Alexander High School Graduate 1994 BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Univ, 1999 MS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Univ, 2002 Sunpower, Inc. 2001-present. Project Manager, Engineer, member of Leadership Team, employee representative to Board of Directors Personnel and program management Alexander Jr High and High School soccer coach (10+ seasons) Alexander Soccer Club Board member and youth coach (~10 years) US Soccer D, E, F coaching licenses Ohio School Board Association member
District financial stability and Board strategic planning are key to providing a quality education while not overtaxing the community. High caliber educators with access to necessary tools is the most important District resource. The Board ensures the administration and staff manage District expenses effectively and maximize the value of the community’s investment by reviewing needs, wants, and costs. When asking taxpayers for funds, the Board should engage the community and justify the need.
I am proud to have grown up a Spartan. I hope to ensure that my kids, current students and future students have a quality education and opportunities at Alexander that prepare them for life after graduation. I hope to improve community engagement – encouraging community involvement and increasing Board outreach and approachability. I bring critical thinking and strategic planning skills that I have developed as an Engineer and Project Manager to improve District financial health and stability.
Campaign Phone (740) 707-0277
Education and Experience Graduate of Waterloo High School. 31 years as a Central Office equipment installer for GTE of Ohio. Retired Director of the Athens County Emergency Management Agency. 36 year member of the Alexander Local School Board, 18 years as president. Former member of the Athens County 317 Board. Led installation crews managing budgets and meeting milestone dates while with GTE. Administered and maintained homeland security grants and records for over a million dollars while EMA Director for Athens County
Taxpayers determine the level their school is funded locally. They elect their School Board to oversee the administration of their schools. The School Board strives to provide a fair and equitable educational opportunity to every student, while following State and Federal guidance. A school district is not a business in the sense that as costs go up they're passed on to the consumer. State mandates and funding greatly impact the local taxpayer burden.
Continue providing the best educational opportunities to our students and families. Continue to communicate to our residents that there is a vast amount of time and effort going towards having a good school system for your dollars. Every expenditure the school makes is public record and if you have questions, schedule a meeting with the Superintendent, Treasurer or board member for information. We run for this position to make the Alexander community better place to raise your family.
Campaign Phone (740) 594-8039
Education and Experience BA with Honors, Honors Tutorial College, OU; Federal Hocking HS Volunteer: Christ Lutheran Church Council, 3 yrs Alexander PTO member, 4 yrs Albany Cub Scouts Pack 50 Treas, 2 yrs AFS-USA, 12 yrs Athens Birth Circle Board, 3 yrs Lower East Side Peoples' Federal Credit Union, Board and Credit Committee, 4 yrs Employment: AFS-USA, 4 yrs Public Relations Society of America, 4 yrs Assn of Junior Leagues Intl, 4 yrs Business: Landlord, 15 yrs Lamaze Childbirth Educ, 4 yrs
With listening and the clarifying of expectations.

What are tax payer expectations about an Alexander education? What do our voters want the school to be known for? What do we who are parents, grand-parents, or employees expect for our child or ourselves? Discovering this takes listening and sharing, which can be structured into meetings and communications. If we don't discover these expectations, we won't be able to move forward.
Use a combination of cutting costs and convincing voters to provide funds through a levy, to prevent Alexander from operating at a loss.

Improve students' learning, as measured by state tests. Despite their limits, the tests capture info that can guide most students' learning.

Free teachers to use both teaching-to-the-test and their experience in setting their curricula.

Reduce class sizes so students get more, focused teacher attention.

Finish the Wellness Ctr in a way acceptable to voters.
Campaign Phone (740) 818-8460
Education and Experience Graduate of Ohio University with BS in Health and Human Services. Graduate work in nursing and fine art from Rio Grande University. Currently serve as the Vinton County Family and Children First Council Coordinator and Early Intervention Grant Supervisor. Have worked for Health Recovery Services as a prevention specialist in Vinton County. President of ACBDD 2 years, board member 5 years, Past Board member of Hopewell Health Center. Governor Appointment for Developmental Disability Council of Oh
The board needs to make fiscally responsible decisions with the current tax payer monies given to them. There needs to be focus on education, and all aspects of providing such..FIRST. The board is charged as stewards of public funds and needs to develop a strategic plan in order to use these funds wisely. High quality teachers and tools to teach are the most important facet of the work done by a board of education. This must be protected in every budget and every strategic plan that is developed
As a 23 year resident of Albany and proud Spartan Cheer Mom, I hope to bring to the board my experience as a grant writer, as a social worker and as a board member of other non profits. I hope to bring a sense of transparency for all the Alexander Community. I want to ensure that the high quality education that my daughter received there continues for all current and future students. I want to help foster a school board environment that brings open honest communication to everyone.
Campaign Phone (740) 274-9383
Education and Experience Attended Ohio Christian University Superintendent of Meigs County Children's Home. Employed at Ohio University for over 35 years working in various units including police dispatcher and library security. Ohio Peace Officer Training. Employed now as part-time supervisor with people with disabilities
A lot of things should be submitted for bids from vendors etc. I believe this could possibly help not raising taxes. I think the board should be more specific for what they need money for. Also, the school could do more fund raisers. When you think about so many mills to fund, try to find out how much this would impact the average tax payer. You could have a study done to find out how they compare to other districts. Not only should the above be discussed but it should be expedited and followed.
I would like to see better morale in all units of the school and more recognition for a job well done. Also, to provide a quality education with reasonable spending and try to expedite ways and show appreciation with comparable salaries and benefits. I believe the whole body should be brought up to date and told all subject matters relating to their vocation in order to secure a better work environment. Since the school district is rated with an A at state level, this shows excellent leadership.
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