Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Pettis County R-V Board of Education — Aaron McMains, Matt R. Powell and Janice Klenke. Terms are for three years. Each candidate was asked to fill out a questionnaire about their candidacy; Powell did not submit any responses. Answers may have been edited for length.
Why are you running for office?
Aaron McMains: “I have no alternative agenda other than doing my part to make the school district the very best it can be. I want to be an involved citizen.”
Janice Klenke: “I graduated from this school, my son graduated from this school, and now my grandchildren are going there. I am running to ensure our children have better options in education, to give back to our community.”
What are your qualifications?
McMains: “I am a U.S. Army veteran and understand how to work with people and how to do things well. I am a leader of my youth group and local scouting organization and work with some of the Northwest students. I am a hog farmer in the district and love our community.”
Klenke: “I have years of experience in business, and practical applications for problem solving, working with budgets. I believe my many years of experience will be a benefit to the board.”
What do you think are some top issues facing the Pettis County R-V School District that need to be addressed soon?
McMains: “I think the school needs to work on increasing school pride and student participation in extracurricular activities. I have heard that classroom instruction is behind other schools in our area. I feel that this is the most important item we should be addressing.”
Klenke: “Getting parents involved in their children’s education, attending events such as school programs, PTA, anything to help make the school better and be more involved. Funding and hiring quality teachers that produce well educated students throughout the K-12 system.”
What goals do you have for office if you are elected?
McMains: “My first goal would be to learn as much as I can about district operations. I want to be supportive of the improvements that I am hearing about and help move the strategic planning along. My primary goal is to be an unbiased voice for the school district and to be someone with a fresh set of eyes to help things get better.”
Klenke: “Work towards a better education for these young folks by hiring quality teachers at a salary based on there performance. Improve the look of the schools, where there is pride in our school.”
Why should people vote for you?
McMains: “I am new and have a fresh perspective. I do not have a personal agenda with anyone in the district. I just want to see the district improve and be active as a taxpayer.”
Klenke: “I am involved in community activities and I work hard to bring projects to a successful conclusion. I am organized and I stand for what I believe in.”