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Weaver: Move vision forward, but be flexible

Clark Weaver is a candidate for Linn-Mar School Board.

My name is Clark Weaver and I’m running for a seat on the Linn-Mar School Board. I’m currently a board member and have served the last four years. I’ve had a fulfilling career of 34 years as a teacher, coach, mentor and a member of the student’s assistance team. I’ve also been involved as a sponsor of Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol and the scholarship committee.

As a board member, I have tried to always have open communication and be transparent to the students, staff and community. I feel it is the responsibility of a board member to be fiscally responsible with the ever-changing demands of the district.

With increased enrollment, the urgency to build the new fifth- and sixth-grade buildings was necessary. These new schools will reduce class size, thus enhancing learning opportunities for students, and aid the staff in providing the best education for their students. We need to keep and attract the best teachers to make Linn-Mar a destination district.

During these past four years, I have served on the Finance and Policy committees. Every year, the board has visited all the district’s buildings. In each visit, I have seen and heard from both staff and students. The personal communication is vital to understanding what is on the minds of staff and students.

The board has a 10-year plan but we need to be flexible and have the ability to adjust the plan with our increased enrollment and staff considerations. The flexibility also applies to the decisions that the Legislature has in regards to education.

As the district moves forward with its vision, there are challenges. These challenges involve class size, diversity, technology, and the safety and security of students and staff. TO meet these challenges, the board has to work together to resolve these issues. The Revenue Purpose Statement, which is on the ballot, will help guide the decision-making.

I have been in the district since 1974. I’ll continue to attend activities where students are engaged. Being retired, I have the flexibility to attend building visits, and activities during the school day. I truly have a passion for Linn-Mar. One patron of the district told me, “I would bleed red and black!”

I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 5, allowing me to continue serving the Linn-Mar community.

Clark Weaver is a candidate for Linn-Mar School Board.

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