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Five candidates vie for two 20-1 board seats

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Five individuals have thrown their names in the hat to run for two open seats for the Eagle Butte 20-1 School Board.

Up for grabs are two seats currently being held by Kenny Joens and Kirby Peterson.  Joens and Peterson, along with Charles Shupick, Jackson Neigel, and Kyle Ward filed petitions for the seats.

The 20-1 election will be held next Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the C-EB Upper Elementary School Library. The Polls will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.

Charles Shupick

Charles Shupick is a farmer/rancher and also a kindergarten teacher at Windswept Academy. Charles and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of two children.  Son Matthew is 17 and is a senior this year at C-EB. Daughter Macy is 14 years old and a sophomore at C-EB.

What motivates you to want to become a school board member?

I have had many people ask me to again run for school board. But this is not my main reason. My motivation is the children of our community. We must do all we can to ensure the proper education of every child. Children are a gift from God given to us to care for and love. We must fully accept this responsibility. That means doing all we can to educate them so they can become successful in their lives. We live in a country that provides free public education to every child. It is up to us to make it work.

What do you see as the board’s role and responsibilities?

The role of the school board is to give citizens a voice in local education decisions. Perhaps the single most important responsibility of the board is to hire a superintendent and to hold him or her accountable for managing the school. A superintendent must have a clear vision of what the school board wants their school to be. Then thru policies and goals set by the board, the superintendent will work for the academic success we all desire. We also adopt and oversee an annual budget. Typical meetings include many business items, adopting curriculum, approving contracts and a school calendar, to name a few.

What qualities, behaviors should board members exhibit?

With children always their main focus, a board member must be an effective communicator. This does not mean being able to just say what’s on your mind. It also means being a good listener. Effective school board members contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with other board members. Great school board members know the difference between governance (which is their job) and management (which is the administration’s job) and place a high priority on respecting that difference. You must be willing to educate yourself about all the issues and share that education with community members.

What is your vision for education in this community?

My vision for C-EB is to have education become the number one priority of every parent, student, teacher and administrator. A parent is the first and most important teacher a child will ever have. We as parents must do all we can to help our children succeed. Secondly, we must make our schools a safe and fun place where children want to come. Teaching is a very challenging career and making learning fun is not always easy. We must support our teachers. And last, but not least, our community must do all it can to make the education system all it can be. It is time to make the academic banquet outshine the athletic banquet.

What are the current challenges facing education/school boards?

Our most challenging problem at C-EB is attendance. Itís simple. Children cannot learn if they are not there. When children are absent it also puts an extra load on teachers to catch them back up. Education on a whole suffers from poor attendance. The challenges of the school board are many, with funding and student achievement being two of the major concerns. But the one you can help with right now is electing school board members that are there for the right reason, the children. They are our future. Every decision you make as a board member should be able to come back to one important point. Is it good for the children? They are the reason a board member is there in the first place. There is no greater honor than to be elected by one’s friends and neighbors to help in the education of their children. It is an honor I will work very hard to continue to earn.

Jackson Neigel

Jackson Neigel, 22, is married to Stevie Neigel and they have three kids, Shana, Jackson and Spencer. Jackson is employed at the Medicine Wheel Village as the plant manager.

What motivates you to want to become a school board member? I feel that there is too much bullying going on in school and I think we need to enforce it more than what it is. Kids are afraid to go to school because they don’t feel save. Also something needs to be done about all the bomb threats. Kids need to be dealt with in legal standards. They are cutting kids from their education.

What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?

I feel the board’s roles and responsibilities are to oversee the 20-1 schoolteachers to make sure they are at top performance to educate our youth and to make the youth feel safe at school and want to get a good education.

What qualities, behaviors should board members exhibit? Board members should be (1)

open in all aspects, (2) be open for any question when approached by a parent at any time, (3) be responsible, (4) show leadership and willingness to help other, (5) show efforts in all activity, and (6) help kids with anything they have going.

What is your vision for education in this community? 

I vision our education to be at the top of the records. I feel that our youth are smart and would be able to get to the top. Keep up with the teaching and maybe kick it up another notch and I believe our kids are smart and intelligent.

What are the current challenges facing education/school boards?

Major challenge I think we are facing now is bullying. The kids donít feel safe at school. We need to stop this. Kids that donít show up for school need to be handled and come back on the parents, if they are cutting their kids short of an education. If we could cut down on these problems I believe kids would feel safe in school and be able to focus on their work to achieve the best they can do.

Kenny Joens (incumbant)

Kenny Joens and wife, Deb, have two children, Kent and Cassy, and three grandkids. Kenny’s occupation is farmer.

What motivates you to want to remain a board member?

I want to stay involved in our school system so I can have an Joens cont.

input in helping our students have the best education possible. I have experience as a school board member. I want to be part of a team that sets up policies so administrators can manage, teachers can teach, and students can learn.

What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?

I feel the roles and responsibilities of a board member are to make decisions that benefit the educational welfare of all children attending our school.

What qualities, behaviors should board members exhibit? The qualities and behaviors

board members should exhibit are fairness and dedication to their job as a board member.

What is your vision for education in this community?

The vision I have for our district is to educate and prepare our children so they will be ready for whatever life has to offer them.

What are the current challenges facing education/school boards?

The current challenges facing our school are the increased cost of education and the decrease in the funding our schools receive. I want to make sure careful decisions are made so that the quality of education will not be affected by the recent budget cuts. The children of our community are our future.

Kirby Petersen (Incumbant)

Kirby Petersen is the plant manager of Jensen Rock & Sand, rancher, and self-employed trucker. He and his wife, Arlis, have three children, Kirby, 16, who is a junior at C-EB, Keaton, 12, who is in the eighth grade, and daughter Kin zee, 7, who is a third grader in Upper Elementary.

Kyle Ward

Kyle Ward is a maintenance worker for BIA facilities. He and his wife, Christine, have three children: son Cody, daughter Taylor and son Ethan.

What motivates you to want to become a school board member? For the past five years I worked in the 20-1 school system and also coached, so I want to continue to be active as a parent and community member.

What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?

 The board’s role is to see that policies and procedures are developed fairly. It’s the board’s responsibility to remain neutral and hear both sides.

Five individuals have thrown their names in the hat to run for two open seats for the Eagle Butte 20-1 School Board.

Up for grabs are two seats currently being held by Kenny Joens and Kirby Peterson.  Joens and Peterson, along with Charles Shupick, Jackson Neigel, and Kyle Ward filed petitions for the seats.

The 20-1 election will be held next Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the C-EB Upper Elementary School Library. The Polls will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.

What qualities, behaviors should board members exhibit? Qualities of a board member is impartiality, fairness and to remain true to their principles. Behavior of a board member is to be active in the community and support the school system.

What is your vision for education in this community? 

My vision for education in this community is to encourage our students to set goals for their future and become active community members.

What are the current challenges facing education/school boards? 

Some current challenges impacting education is safety. For example, the bomb threat at the end of the school year had an impact on learning time and also teaching time. School boards are challenged with tight budgets that lead to lost teaching positions that lead to crowded classrooms.

What motivates you to want to remain a board member?

As an alumni of C-EB I have a genuine interest in the educational enrichment of all students in our community.

What do you see as the boards roles and responsibilities?

I feel my role, as a school board member, is to be open-minded. Listen to needs brought to my attention from/by concerned parents. Ask questions regarding the placement of our school in an academic scale on a local and national level. I show my dedication to the board by attending all meetings and training in hope of making a difference.

What qualities, behaviors should board members exhibit? Honesty and accountability are attributes we strive to instill in our staff and students. I feels these traits also apply to our school board members.

What is your vision for education in this community?

Relationships matter most! Parental involvement is the key to our students’ success! Our mission is also to provide a safe environment in order for all students to excel.

What are the current challenges facing education/school boards? Budgeting issues seem to stand out the most these days. It challenges our educational system to find creative avenues to ensure our students are served!

 

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