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School Board Candidate Q&A

Grandview School Board Candidate: Leonard Greene

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Grandview C-4 School District

Campaigns are underway for Board of Education seats in ten local districts, and election day will be Tuesday, April 3. The KC Education Enterprise is asking each candidate to respond to a list of questions that may help voters decide how to cast their ballots.

Leonard Greene, a former incumbent who is running for re-election to the Grandview C-4 School District Board of Education, responded:

1. What skills and experience would you bring to a position on your local Board of Education?

I bring six years of previous board experience, two years of teaching experience, 20+ years of business experience and skill along with the experience of being a product of the Detroit public school system. I have worked with a variety of people from all walks of life and worked through very difficult situations. I believe this diverse combination of experience and skill gives me a unique view of what expectations need to be placed on our staff and students. I also bring a great sense of humor, which is necessary to deal with many of the school board issues.

2. Are you or have you been a parent or grandparent of a child in public schools?

Yes, I currently have two (2) children in the Grandview School District.

3. In what school or district activities have you been involved?

I served on the Grandview School Board from 2000-2006 and I taught a Career class at Grandview Middle School.

4. How frequently do you attend board meetings, and how long have you been attending meetings?

I have attended approximately three (3) Board Meetings over the last year.

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

I believe that the Board’s role is to govern the district and maintain the community’s trust.

The Board’s responsibilities are;

i.      The welfare of the children of the district

ii.      Hiring a great superintendent

iii.      Be a connection to the community

6. What is the role of the superintendent?

The superintendent’s role is to follow the direction of the School Board, hire good people and run the district to the best of his/her ability.

7. Can you or should you support a board decision you do not favor?

This depends on if it is just not favoring a decision or it is a moral issue. When you work with a group of people, you will always have decisions that some will not favor. You must vote according to what you believe and in this situation, you may not agree with the group’s decision, but as a member you have to support the group’s decision because you signed on to be part of the group.  If it is a moral issue than I believe you have that right to express your concerns and make the decision if you want to be part of a group that is challenging your moral beliefs.

8. What are the some of the challenges currently facing your district?

  • District performance
  • What to do with a “Surplus” of bond funds for the district.
  • Discipline

9. What are some of the district’s strengths and weaknesses?

The Strengths

  • The students.
  • The staff.
  • The leadership; the Superintendent and his cabinet.
  • The financial standing that the leadership has guided the district to and through.
  • The increasing pride in our district.

The weaknesses

  • Funding
  • Divisiveness in the community
  • Discipline

10. What do you think is the most important thing board members can do to support children who attend school in the district?

I believe that the most important thing board members can do to support children who attend school in the district is to ALWAYS remember who we are working for and how the decisions made will affect them. The welfare of the children is the reason we do what we do. Personal agendas, biases, and axes to grind must be set aside to focus on what is going to be best for ALL children.

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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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