Six vie for Dupree School board seats

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Dupree School Board candidates are (left to right, top to bottom) Deanne Keegan, Jake Longbrake, Kimberly Rave, Deanne Keegan, Mark Peacock and Mary Dosch (not pictured).

Dupree School Board candidates are (left to right, top to bottom) Deanne Keegan, Jake Longbrake, Kimberly Rave, Deanne Keegan, Mark Peacock and Mary Dosch (not pictured).

Jake Longbrake

General questions: (education background, family, occupation)

I’m a 1978 graduate of Dupree High School.  I attended South East Area Technical School for two years.

My family includes my wife Cindy, sons Dakota and Rocky, and one grandson, Dean.

I’ve been a rancher for over 30 years.

What changes would you like to see in your first year?  Five years?

I’d like to see the enrollment increase in our secondary. Make strides towards being off of a focused school. They have somethings coming on board, part of a state mandate now that we have to work towards being taking off of a focus school status.  I’d also like to see our facilities stay in good shape.

Down the road, I guess much of the same. I’d like to see some additions to our school as well as some improvements to the facility.

How do you feel you’ll be able to bring about changes?

Try and encourage more students to stay enrolled in Dupree.

Favorite subject in school?

I liked math as a freshman, also English was a good one.

What are some of your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?

I like to rodeo, team rope.  I still participate. Also enjoy watching the school activities.

Jackie Longbrake

General questions: (education background, family, occupation)

I have two sons, Kolby and Payten. Kolby is an 2011 graduate of DHS and Payten is in Kindergarten this year. I am also a graduate of DHS as well as Black Hills State University with a major in Accounting and minors in Business Administration and Computers. I am currently employed at the Cheyenne River Housing Authority as the Finance Director.
If elected, what changes would you like to see in your first year?  Five years?

If elected, in the short term I would like to see the policies and procedures currently in place applied consistently in all situations regarding students, staff and parents.

In the long term I would like to work with the other school board members, administration, staff, parents and students when appropriate in order to review and change the policies and procedures when needed in order to help improve our school’s ability to educate our children.

Change does not happen overnight, and I don’t believe that major changes should. Regulations and funding can make it difficult to provide for all the needs of students and I would want to understand  all the issues and facts in order to make the best decision I could for our children.

How do you feel you’ll be able to bring about changes?

I can relate to many aspects of a school system. I have been a janitor for a school for three years, business manager for two schools for six years and have gone from pre-K thru graduation as a parent as well as having another child in the school system right now. These experiences have shown me how important the role of a school board member is and  I believe that the combination of all of these experiences can help me keep an open mind and look at situations that come before the school board in an objective and fair manner.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Shop, I enjoyed the hands on work and the challenge of designing and building a project from beginning to end.

What are some of your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?

Coming from a very large and extremely close family dynamic I have always enjoyed supporting my kids, family and friends in all types of activities.

Deanne Keegan

General questions: (education background, family, occupation)

I graduated from Dupree High School in 1983. My family consists of my husband Bruce and I, our three boys Ross, Colby, and Garrett. They all attended DHS and Garrett will graduate in May of this year.

I’ve worked for First Financial Bank in Dupree for 23 years where I’m the assistant cashier.

If elected, what changes would you like to see in your first year?  Five years?

I’d like to see more opportunities for the students, both academically and extra curricular.  I’d like more programs available like drama and music.  I’d like to see more academic competitions for the students such as the science fair.

I have lived in this community all of my life and will probably be here until they carry me away.  I believe that small communities and the schools within them depend on each other.  The school needs the community to support it and the community needs to have a great school system to keep people here.

How do you feel you’ll be able to bring about changes?

I know I’m only one voice, but I’d encourage more parents to get involved and come to meetings.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Math.

What are some of your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?

I like to camp, sew, and cook.  Enjoy spending time with my family.

Kimberly Rave

General Questions (Education background, family, occupation)

My family consists of my daughter, Jacque 24 yrs. old, my son, Hoss 17 yrs. old, my daughter, Erin 13 yrs. old and my niece, Hani, 16 yrs. old.  I am employed at the CRST Tribal Secretary’s Office, I’m the Assistant Secretary and have worked for the Tribe for 15 years to present.  I graduated from Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School and attended college at Black Hills State University, Bismarck State College, SIPI in Albuquerque, NM and SiTanka College in Eagle Butte, SD.

If elected, what changes would you like to see in your first year?

I would like to see more parent involvement and more community involvement from everyone.

How do you feel you’ll be able to bring about changes?

I feel I would be able to bring about changes by promoting, encouraging and supporting.

What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school is algebra.

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies are reading and taking Duke, (my dog) for walks and watching my son and daughter play basketball; I like traveling to all the different tournaments.

Mark Peacock

General background
My name is Mark Peacock and I am seeking membership on the Dupree School District 64-2 School Board. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Northern State University, a Master of Natural Science Degree from the University of South Dakota, and have begun a Doctoral Program in Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota. I have twenty years of experience as an educator in the Eagle Butte school systems, and am currently Director of Federal Programs at the Eagle Butte School District 20-1. I am also one of the most awarded science teachers in the history of South Dakota, as well as an author, poet, educational curriculum product developer, entrepreneur, and grant writer. I live in Dupree with my wife, Patty, a School Counselor at Dupree, and my two kids, Maxwell and Malory Peacock, both of whom have attend Dupree School District 64-2 for the entirety of their school years.

If elected, what changes would I like to see in the first year?
I would like to see adopted by the School Board, backed by the administration, and supported by the teachers that Dupree would institute a school-wide policy of one weekly science experimental activity conducted by students at each school grade level, getting more complex at each successive level. I would like a similar policy adopted to require hands-on, experimental activities in mathematics in every grade, and not simply textbook and worksheet exercises. Along with this, I would like a full, school-wide science fair to be a required element of the school curriculum.  We owe it to our local students to see that they have instructors who want the students to learn hands-on experimentation through a scientific inquiry process and not simply read about these things in a book. I would also very much like to see a fully implemented school music program, with a qualified instructor, a band program that performs at athletic events, competition instrumental music, and choir.

How do I feel I will be able to bring about changes?
School boards in America are allowed to have as members anyone from any background and with or without any education. There are literally no requirements to know anything about any school subject. No kidding. I am someone who knows a great deal about the implementation of educational  programs because I have advanced education specifically in science, I have field and laboratory and scientifically mentored experiences with some of the top research scientists in our state, I worked professionally in real world science, and I have experience in program and project administration. If someone without any of these qualifications told you they could do the same, realistically, I don’t think they could.

What was my favorite subject in school?
Not surprisingly, I enjoyed and excelled at biology, music, and art. I had tremendously talented instructors in all three, and English was also a favorite subject of mine.

 What are some of your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?
I write a weekly poetry, character, and general interest article titled “Stray Thoughts” in the Isabel Dakotan newspaper. I have just written my fifty-fifth article, and I enjoy the process. I also like to hunt and fish with my children and enjoy spending time doing almost anything with my wife, Patty.

Mary Dosch

Wasn’t able to be reached for interview.

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