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18 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 28, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com BIG HORN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE BOARD David Monk Cowley BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Lovell and lived between Cowley and Lovell during my childhood and attended Cowley schools. After high school I attended the National College of Business in Rapid City, S.D. and Northwest College in Powell. I worked at several jobs for local companies until I was hired to work for Amoco Production Company and moved with my wife, Sherie, to Meeteetse. We lived in Meetee- tse for 10 years until I had an opportunity to transfer to Elk Basin and move back to Cowley and live close to family. We purchased a small farm outside Cowley and raised our children there. They both attended elementary school, middle school and high school in Big Horn School District #1. I have been active in working with youth in my church, as a board member for the Cowley Drainage District, the Cowley Planning Committee, the Big Horn Co. Land Planning Steer- ing Committee and as a Cowley Republican Precinct Committeeman. Joan Zier Deaver-Frannie BIOGRAPHY: I married Freddie Zier and moved to Deaver in June of 1990. We have two children who are currently attending Rocky Mountain schools. Maci is 16 and a sophomore in high school and Zachary is 12 and in the seventh grade. I graduated from the Uni- versity of Alaska in 1997 with a degree in Health Information Man- agement - and worked at Powell Valley Health Care from 1988 until 2001. I worked as an analyst and assisted with risk management and utilization review. I quit my job to be able to spend more time with my kids and to help my husband with his business in 2001. :ii Koleen Sponsel At-large BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Lovell and raised in Cowley. My family in- cludes my husband Nick, daughter Jessica Jarrett and husband Jar- ed Jarrett of Cowley, son Joshua Sponsel and wife Lindsey Sponsel of Cowley, son Nicholas Sponsel, a student at the University of Wyo- ming, and four grandchildren - Easton and Madilynn Jarrett and Emma and Jaxson Sponsel. I graduated from Cowley High School in 1978 and worked for School Dist. No. I for approximately 10 years as an aide and a secretary. I owned and worked for Stevens Whole- sale for approximately 10 years. I am currently employed at CETCO 9eight years) as a customer service rap. Tricia Despain Aagard Burlington BIOGRAPHY: I'm a Wyoming native and have lived in Burlington for over 12 years. I am a graduate of Lovell High School and the Univer- sity of Wyoming with a degree in education. I was raised in Lovell where my parents still reside. My husband, Wade, and I own a con- struction business in Burlington and are the parents of five children - four of which attend Burlington Schools. Diana S. Ballinger At-large BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Kansas and raised in the Colorado Rock- ies. We moved to this area in 1977 and have lived here off and on ever since. My husband worked in the oil field so we did some moving. We have been back here since 1997. Paul Rasmussen At-large BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Basin and raised in Burlington. I gradu- ated from Burlington High School. I attended Ricks College for a year, and then I moved back to Burlington to run our family farm. I have farmed for the past 36 years. My wife also grew up in Burl- ington. I have five children. Three have graduated from Burlington High School, and two are still in school. THE CHRONICLE RECEIVED NO STATEMENT FROM THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATE: Brett Crosby At-large, 2 yr. WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO SEEK OFFICE OR TO SEEK RE -ELECTION? MONK: I have enjoyed serving on the Board for Big Horn School District #1 for the past 12 years. We have just completed the training given by the State School Boards Association for Leadership Governance and have set some goals for the dis- trict. I would like to do my part to see those goals come to fruition. AAGARD: As a parent, I live with the decisions the school board makes every day. I want to be involved in the decision making process and build upon the good schools we already have. ZIER: I am running for the school board because I believe all people are entitled to fair: anal acc relrsentation. Our ,. school district encompasses a: large area containing many small towns, and I feel each of those areasshould have prop- er representation. BALLINGER: I recently graduated from Northwest College and during my time I took some government classes and am hooked on serving my community. I am anxious to get in- volved with how my community is run and would like to get my hands in the mix. RASMUSSEN: I have been on the school board for the past four years, and I would like to continue to serve my com- munity. Now we have good school facilities in our school dis- trict, but I think we need to continue to improve the quality of education that our students receive. SPONSEL: I have served on the school board for 16 years. We have some great things happening at School District Num- ber 1. Students at Burlington and Rocky are all very fortu- nate to attend state-of-the-art schools. The board has been focused on facilities for a long time. It's exciting to begin the process of changing that focus to student achievement. WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE - STRENGTHS, EXPERIENCE, LEADERSHIP STYLE, ETC.? MONK: I have gained knowledge and skills by attending the trainings that are offered by the State School Boards Asso- ciation, the National School Boards Association and attend- ing every monthly and special meeting of Big Horn School District #1 School Board, with the exception of three, over the past 12 years. I began my service as a member of the board, was elected as vice chair and served there for seven years, and I have been serving as chairman for the past two years. AAGARD: Education is my love. I taught seven years in Elko, Nev., in an elementary school and was involved with many aspects of education. I'm actively involved in the Burlington Schools with my children's classes and support groups and seek to volunteer whenever possible. ZIER: I am a straightforward and motivated person. I feel the most effective way to deal with things is to do so in a direct manner. I have solid roots in this community and am com- mitted to helping our schools be the best they can be! I am willing to put all the time and energy I have into this posi- tion. I will make a full commitment to helping our school dis- trict be the best place to go to school in Wyoming. BALLINGER: My strengths are the fact that I have had chil- dren and grandchildren in this school district. During my time at Northwest I was the class president and as a nurs- ing student I have learned about Maslow's hierarchy and am also very interested in how we as humans interact during good times and challenging times. RASMUSSEN: In addition to serving on the school board, I was also the President of the Bench Canal Company for 24 years. I have a strong record of community service including six years as an EMT. I also believe strongly in sticking to the policies that we have as a district, but I do believe that some- times we need to reevaluate policies that we have so that we can improve them. I think honesty and hard work are the two strongest values I can bring to the school board. SPONSEL: Our board recently completed training on Leader- ship Governance. We spent many months and hours of train- ing developing leadership policies, a District vision, mission and expectations. I have a lot of time invested in this process and would like the opportunity to see it implemented and hopefully witness positive improvements in reading, writing and math and see higher ACT scores district wide. I believe that we have the tools necessary. Urgent news for people who had HIP REPLACEMENT WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND/OR IN THE OPERATION OF THE LOVELL SCHOOLS IF YOU ARE Questions ELECTED? ARE THERE ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE TACKLED? MONK: There has been much time and energy spent in the dis- trict on the construction of the many new facilities we have built over the past few years. With the completion of these projects undivided attention can now be placed on student achievement. AAGARD: I would like to see the current projects complet- ed. We have beautiful new buildings in Cowley and a great building in Burlington and it would be nice to get the fin- ishing work done for the various programs. We have a lot of good going on that I want to build upon. ZIER: I do not have a specific agenda; I am entering this posi- tionwith an open mind. I truly want our schools to be the best in the state. In every, district there are changes that need to be made and issues that will need to be addressed. I plan to approach each issue and situation objectively. I will not allow personal opinions and feelings to influence my de- cisions. BALLINGER: Some of the issues that I am looking forward to tackling include the new school setup in our district of put- ting the middle school and high school in the same building. I look forward to helping get the community involved with the transition. It is exciting to have the elementary, mid- die and high school in one town. In the situation of Burling- ton I am interested in finding ways to keep the school open and operating. The option of busing these students is not one that I see as in the best interest of the students. RASMUSSEN: We recently went through leadership gover- nance training by the Wyoming School Boards Association. I feel that when we fully implement this program, which al- lows the school board and administration to work more effec- tively together, that our schools will have better learning en- vironments. This system also requires that we set goals for student achievement. I believe that setting goals and plan- ning, as a team, to work toward those goals is one change that we can make to increase student achievement. SPONSEL: We have highly qualified teachers and support staff, dedicated and caring administrators but, most impor- tantly, amazing and talented kids. It is my wish to engage the communities of Big Horn County School District No. 1 to support our District Vision of"Embracing a tradition of ex- cellence while preparing individuals for success." WITH TIGHT BUDGETS FACING OUR COMMUNITIES, WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN REGARD TO EXPENSES AND/0R PROJECTS? MONK: The funding model employed by the State of Wyoming gives the money to each district in a block grant. This allows each district to allocate their dollars in the areas they feel are most important. Our district spends about 80 percent of its budget on salaries. This has allowed us to attract and re- tain highly qualified staff. AAGARD: I want to ensure quality resources for our children's education...whether it be in buildings or otherwise. The chil- dren are the priority. ZIER: Budgets are always an issue; this is even more evident in the current state of our economy. I believe we can effec- tively administer the budget in our district with proper management and by cutting waste. I am confident we can do our best to make sure our students and staff has access to the best teachers, materials and educational opportuni- ties available. BALLINGER: I would be new to this area, but have been read- ing about some companies that are willing to help schools with funding for different projects. I would be interested in getting more information on these options. RASMUSSEN: In regard to facilities, I think that we could make an additional improvement by adding bus barns. I be- lieve that this is important in maintaining safe transpor- tation for our students, and protecting the money we have already invested in our buses. Given that we live in an age where technology is important, I think that it is also criti- cal that we increase the amount of technology available to our students. SPONSEL:. Working as a team of dedicated community mem- bers, school board members, teachers and administrators we can do great things but the number one priority should always be students. HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD? MONK: I would like to continue to be a part of the team that provides the support for the success of the students of Big Horn School District #1. A few of the indicators of this suc- cess are the continued rise in our test scores, a rise in our graduation rate, the number of students who complete a vo- cational education track and/or the number of students who complete the Success Curriculum and receive a Hathaway Scholarship. AAGARD: I will listen to the communities and do my best to make wise decisions to continue the legacy of producing amazing high school graduates who make the world a bet- ter place. With my own children currently attending our schools, my perspective will make a difference. ZIER: My goal is to become a part of this school board, and to make sure that our kids continue to have the best facilities, best teachers and best learning mateilh:that ttley'r/eed to educate them to the best of their abilities -, ' BALLINGER: I believe that every group can use new faces and view points to look at challenges from different angles. I think that I would bring with me the fact that I have re- cently been a student. I am a strong researcher and am in- terested at looking into finding project support for our school district. I look forward to serving my community in this po- sition. RASMUSSEN: I will make a difference on the school board by listening to the concerns of others. I believe that one of the most important things that a school board member can do is listen. This includes listening to parents, concerned citi- zens, students and other school board members about prob- lems and finding solutions to those problems. 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