Four candiates running for two BOE spots


By Scott Halasz - shalasz@civitasmedia.com



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JAMESTOWN — Voters in the Greeneview Local School District will be electing two board of education members Nov. 3.

Incumbents Suzanne Arthur and Robert Wright are being challenged by Theresa Wallace and Brandis Hendricks.

Suzanne Arthur

Arthur was appointed to fill the remainder of another member’s term and has been an elementary school teacher while holding principal licensure. She has been in education for more than 20 years.

Arthur said as an experienced educator, mother and grandmother she brings a lot of different perspectives to the board. She said the fact that she is a teacher is important.

“I believe it is important to have at least one member of the board who is currently serving in the education field and is up to date on current trends in education,” Arthur said. “My experience as a mother and grandmother helps me identify with parents and grandparents of our students as they voice concerns and questions about the education of their children and grandchildren.”

Having enough classroom technology is a key issue facing Greeneview schools because of the current shift toward online testing and curriculum.

“I will support professional development of teachers and administrators in the area of technology and online curriculum and testing,” Arthur said. “I will work to ensure that classrooms have the necessary technology to support student learning.”

Theresa Wallace

Wallace works for the Greene County Auditor’s Office and has prior work experience in retail and personal investment banking.

She has been involved with the intermediate PTO and dedicates time to the Greeneview Athletic Boosters Organization.

Wallace’s biggest issue moving forward is “bridging the communication gap between the school district and the community.”

“The best and easiest way is to engage the community using social media outlets,” Wallace said. “The key is to keep it active and let the community know the district encourages and values the community input and support.”

Robert Wright

Wright is seeking a third term on the school board, serving as president during construction of the new middle school and received the Award of Achievement in 2011 and 2013.

Wright said the last eight years show he is the right person for the job and sees “no reason to change.”

“Coming out of fiscal caution after nearly three years (2-16-04 thru 1-11-07) the superintendent, treasurer and board have kept the district out of fiscal trouble,” Wright said. “We have an excellent staff of administrators, teachers, and supportive personnel. Being in a continuous improvement mode, we are now going in the right direction. …”

He said he makes himself visible in the buildings during the day, at sporting events and awards presentations. Wright said he even checks lunches being prepared for students.

While many things are controlled by the government, Wright said safety is one thing the schools can control.

“We have taken a pro-active approach by placing policeman in all our buildings and upgraded security features in two of our buildings,” he said.

Finishing the last project in the facilities master plan and the rehab project at the high school are also high on the list.

“We have taken avenues to fix the problem to stop the deterioration of the building,” Wright said.

Brandis Hendricks

This candidate’s biography and questionnaire were not received as of press time.

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By Scott Halasz

shalasz@civitasmedia.com

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