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Q. What made you decide to run for Bossier Parish School Board? A. I worked for the school board off and on for 30 plus years, I always thought I might like to do this, I retired about four years ago and this is the first time it’s come open, and I decided that it’s now or never. Q. Why do you think you’re qualified to serve on the Bossier Parish School Board? A. I have the time to give that it needs, since I am retired. I know a little bit about the school board, I’m interested in the government. I think I can add to the SB. I’m interested that all of our children get a good education. That they’re prepared to go out into the world as lawyers, doctors, or service people. Q. The Bossier Parish School Board recently proposed [considered] a tax increase to help cushion against cuts in state funding. Do you support a tax increase, cutting spending, or a combination of the two to cushion against the state funding cuts? A. There is going to have to be some money coming from somewhere because of cuts in state funding. I think the millage was not rolled forward, but they are looking at in the future we will have to do a bond issue. I understand the Haughton area needs a new elementary school. I was not there for that specific discussion, so I don’t have all the particulars Q. Recently, what is your position on Graduation Coaches, Behavior Coaches, Response for Intervention Coaches? A. I know something about some of these added positions. I think the graduation coaches have come about maybe because of the career diploma. There should be someone who should follow them and try to encourage them and I do believe they may serve more than one school. I’m not sure though. I’m not familiar with the other positions. Q. What do you believe is the role of a School Board member? A. School Board members are policy makers. They should oversee the budget. They do elect the Superintendent, which is one of the most important things. I do not believe in micro management. If we elect a good superintendent then he gets people under him and if he’s a good super then he’s going to get people under him who can do the job, and it’s up to him to decide whether they’re doing the job because we can’t be at all 30 schools to know what’s going on.
Q. What would you do to make the BPSS transfer policy more equitable? A. I’m familiar with the transfer policy. What kinds of things do you have to show that it isn’t equitable? I know it’s not easy to get a transfer. There are papers that must be filled out. There are such things as majority to minority transfers. I doubt that we have very many of those. There are hardship transfers. And they take each one of these and they have to fill out a long form. They have to have a letter explaining why they have to transfer, but I’d have to say that most of them, though I did not work in that department, I think that most of them are hardship transfers. I always thought it was pretty tough to get a transfer. And I’d like to see some numbers on where they get that it’s not equitable. I’m not from Oklahoma, but “show me”. Q. What are your plans to increase openness and transparency? A. Our budget is always open. Anyone who wants to can come up and read the budget and read the pupil progression plan. Our meetings are all open, the only time they aren’t open is when the School Board is in Executive Session discussion a lawsuit or personnel. I think if people want to find out something, they can, if they call the appropriate people. Q. What are the biggest challenges facing the BPSS? A. Finance. The state MFP we never know what it’s going to be. The economy, sales taxes are going down in this economy. Of course we’re funded from property taxes also. We have to use what money we have wisely. Q. If elected, what will be your top priority? A. Seeing that our children get a good education, all of them. Also, to represent the people from South Bossier. Q. Are there areas in the BPSS which you believe could be better served by privatization? A. No, I don’t think privatization in Bossier Parish is a big problem yet. Q. What specific measures can be instituted to provide greater protection for BP school children? A. Do you know of any physical threats we have in our schools? Well, we have SRO officers at all of our high schools, and I think all of the middle schools. The time may come when we may need them in all the schools but not at this time. We already have emergency an evacuation plans in place.
Q. What specific issues would you like to see with regard to the BPSS budget? A. I haven’t seen this year’s budget but I’m sure it’s probably pretty tight. I don’t know because I have not seen the budget and not seen where they can cut. I’m sure they had to cut somewhere because of retirement. Q. What is your political party affiliation? A. I’m a Republican. Q. What are your areas of agreement and disagreement with your political party? A. I’m a Republican because I don’t like what the Democrats are doing right now. I’m a recent Republican. I just felt like we have too much government. To be honest, I’m not familiar with the Republican Party Platform all that much right now. And actually, I’m not sure the people running the Republican Party are following what the platform expresses. Q. What is the primary source of funding for your campaign? A. Primary source is me. Q. Would your current job allow you the time to attend SB meetings? A. Oh yes, I am retired. I have four grandchildren in Benton, but I still have time to do it. Q. What is the extent of your knowledge of the LA Open Meetings Law and the LA Public Records Act? A. Open Meetings Law, you must notify the public that there is going to be meeting. All School Board business should be taken care of in open meetings except anything concerning personnel, lawsuit, or evaluation of the Superintendent. But if it’s going to be in Executive Session, that must be on the agenda. The public must have access of all the minutes of the board, and the bids awarded have to be published in the newspaper of record, and that is published on line. The budget is available for anyone who wants to see it. The Pupil Progression Plan is also another example of what is available under the Public Records Act.