Camdenton School Board Candidate Q and A

Last night, the Camdenton TAC hosted a forum for the candidates for Camdenton school board in high school. The question and answer session featured a variety of topics, including Common Core, current legislation, transparency and communication. It was video taped by the school and is available to review here.

After last night’s forum, candidate Mindi Sales posted the following on her Facebook page, Mindi Sales for Camdenton School Board.

As reported yesterday in ‘One Name, One Vote’, the school board election is about bring accountability and control of our tax dollars back into our hands. This election, like no other in recent memory, is about local control.

Mindi Sales represents the lone voice of dissent to the ‘status quo’.

Mindi Sales, candidate for Camdenton school board represents a welcome departure from business as usual.  She is running on a platform that is incredibly simple:  honesty.

Mindi Sales, candidate for Camdenton school board represents a welcome departure from business as usual. She is running on a platform that is incredibly simple: honesty.

I can’t believe the election is a week away! Thank you Laker Nation for the great outpouring of support. It has been amazing! Today I wanted to talk about the dreaded “T” word….TAXES.

Last night, the teachers of Camdenton put on a forum for the school board candidates. First, thank you teachers for the opportunity to speak. I appreciate it!

Last night, as the event was finishing, Jackie Schulte said that we need to look at the levy in order to continue to fund ALL programs we currently fund. My personal opinion is that I am NOT for raising the levy. That is just a fundamental difference between the two of us. But, the thing that concerns me the most is this: THE LEVY CAN BE RAISED BY THE BOARD ALONE WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE “NO TAX INCREASE” BOND THAT WAS PASSED LAST YEAR. I want to be perfectly clear. I will NEVER vote to raise the levy without a vote of the people. If the citizens of the district want vote to raise the levy to fund after school programs, then I will let the vote of the people stand. But, I will not go forward without letting the people decide what they want with THEIR money.

Let me give you an example. The PASS program, an after school program, costs the district $600,000 a year. The district had been getting a grant to pay for PASS. Now, for the next school year, the grant will be cut in half, so the district has to come up with the $300,000 on it’s own. A word about grants. Grants can be an amazing thing for a district, no doubt. But, part of being a responsible board member is acknowledging what the district will do when the grant runs out. Am I suggesting that they cut PASS? No, I am not. I am using this as an example as to what happens when a grant runs out, and how a district responds to it. When we take grants, we need to be diligent by having a plan or solution to what we as a district will do when the grant runs out.

I hope this post gave you some insight as to how I will vote when representing you. My heart is in one place: to do what is best for the teachers, kids, and tax payers of this district.

Thank you Laker Nation for your amazing support!
Mindi

More to come on this story. Tune into tonight’s prime time edition of Guerrilla Radio for a school scoop you WILL NOT GET ANYWHERE ELSE…

The Lake Area Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring another forum for the candidates on April 3.

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