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The following are Q&As with Clever School Board candidates on the April 5 ballot:

Paul Lockhart

Incumbent

Age: Declined to answer

Education: Declined to answer

Occupation: Declined to answer

Why are you running for the board?

I feel the board has accomplished much in the past three years I have served on the board. I would like to continue to serve the families of the Clever School District.

What’s your view on Common Core standards?

Whether you are for or against them, if the federal and state government require the district to include it as part of our curriculum to receive our funding, we have to do so.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the district right now?

Get our finances back in order. (Superintendent Steve) Carvajal has done a great job thus far, and I expect this to continue to improve.

Where do you see the district in five years?

Continuing to grow, recovered from our financial situation and test scores improved.

What are your thoughts on 1:1 technology in the classroom?

In order to prepare our current and future generations for life after high school, it is imperative our teachers are able to utilize technology along with traditional teaching methods.

What is one thing you would like to see change in the school district?

I think our school board, administration, teachers and staff are really working hard to provide our children with a great education. The things that need to be changed are already being worked on.

Rex Maples

Incumbent

Age: 52

Education: High school graduate

Occupation: General contractor

Why are you running for the board?

To help ensure that our children receive the best education, and prepare them for their future endeavors. 

What’s your view on Common Core standards?

Not really a fan of Common Core. I think there should be more local control of curriculum and testing. 

What’s the biggest challenge facing the district right now?

Keeping up with the growth of the district. 

Where do you see the district in five years?

I see the district continuing to grow, especially with the new addition of football. Test scores improved, because of the great administration and teachers that we have in the district. 

What are your thoughts on 1:1 technology in the classroom?

I love the idea of 1:1 technology in the classroom. It will be a great benefit to our students. Because of cost it will be a couple of years to be complete.

What is one thing you would like to see change in the school district?

See that the high school students have more opportunities to get college credit courses.

Darin Thrasher

Age: 38

Education: Bachelor’s from University of Central Missouri (formally CMSU)

Occupation: Warehouse specialist — CSI

Why are you running for the board?

To help improve our education and athletics for our students while maintaining a balanced budget

What’s your view on Common Core standards?

Students should be taught in a way that is best for each individual to learn; not one standard way of thinking. We all learn in different ways, so let our teachers decide what’s best for the student. As long as the answer is correct, it shouldn’t matter how they got it.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the district right now?

The budget deficit and the “I” system. The “I” system teaches procrastination and gives students the ability to decide their own deadlines. Teachers need to set assignment deadlines and students need to be held accountable.

Where do you see the district in five years?

With a budget surplus and more community support and involvement.

What are your thoughts on 1:1 technology in the classroom?

While I think technology is a great and useful tool, students need to also learn how to find information via other sources. The monitoring of technology used by students must be tight to ensure proper usage. This strict monitoring by the teacher can result in valuable teaching time being lost, as they are going to be consumed with what the student is searching and not what the student is learning.

What is one thing you would like to see change in the school district?

The “I” system and the Common Core standards.

Brian Teague

Age: 39

Education: High School, four years Air Force

Occupation: Self-employed farmer

Why are you running for the board?

Since I have two children in school, and one about to start, I have a vested interest in the future of the school district. I have a strong work ethic and feel I can provide a voice to ensure that the students are provided with an equal opportunity and progressive education that will prepare them for life.

What’s your view on Common Core standards?

Common Core requires higher standards for students, which I believe are a good idea. However, it needs to be controlled at a local level. Local education standards that have high expectations for all students is key in preparing them to be successful in college and the workplace.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the district right now?

Finances, at both the state and local levels.

Where do you see the district in five years?

I see the district continuing to place a strong focus on student learning, which will prepare all students to be college and career ready. To ensure this happens, we need to make sure our teachers have the tools, resources and training to prepare all students with 21st century skills.

What are your thoughts on 1:1 technology in the classroom?

I support 1:1 technology, which provides direct access to the core curriculum, thus providing a learning environment that is engaging to all students across the board.

What is one thing you would like to see change in the school district?

I would like to see transparency of the administration and school board of education becoming a priority to encourage opportunities for two-way communication, thus forming a strong partnership and collaboration with parents and the community.

The following are running unopposed for the city of Clever:

• Jarred King, mayor

• Jim McWilliams, East Ward alderman

• Kara Kaufman, West Ward Alderman

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