(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph Board of Education candidate Aaron Duncan said if elected he is looking to change the district priorities.
"A lot of what's happened since I moved here in the last five years has been really negative and taken the attention away, and resources away from educating our students," Duncan said.
As a concerned parent of a student in a St. Joseph school, Duncan said the board should be putting more of their focus on the needs of teachers and students.
"Put the focus back on education. To provide our teachers and students with the tools they need to learn, while also being a good steward of the taxpayers money," Duncan said.
Duncan said to be respectful of the taxpayers dollars means reevaluating the districts resources.
"For me it's a lot of research show and tell,” Duncan said."We need to research what we have staffing wise; teachers, support staff, administrators. We need to research what we have building wise and determine what those costs are."
Duncan said he plans to start rebuilding the community’s trust by involving the public in every step of the district’s planning.
"Getting their feedback, saying 'What would you support?' 'What options do you like?' It's that open dialogue, it's that open honest, 'here is the information, what is your feedback?' Listening to that feedback and working off that feedback and not just what one or two people on the board or the superintendent wants.
Moving forward Duncan said he is looking forward to new faces and fresh perspective on the school board.
"We have a chance to elect people like myself who want to put the focus back on education, back on education, back on what is in the classroom. What is on the students, verses whatever political agenda or private agenda someone may have," Duncan said.