5 run for Cassville board

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

3 incumbents, 2 challengers seek trio of open seats

Five people are seeking three open seats on the Cassville School Board in the April 8 election.

Incumbents Becky Henningson, Jon Horner and David Haddock are looking to remain on the board, while challengers Wade Hermansen and Ann Hennigan are hoping to win a seat.

Henningson, a 28-year educator at Cassville Schools seeking her third consecutive term, said she is running again to continue the work the board has been doing in the past few years.

"I enjoy serving the patrons in the community and at the school, and I feel strongly about education," she said. "I want to make sure the students have quality educations that meet their needs."

Horner, seeking his second term on the board, said he believes the district is in a good position, and he hopes to keep it moving forward.

"The school system is in a good situation with a good board, good administrators, good teachers and a good support staff," he said. "With what we have going, I hope to maintain the continuity of leadership, and I'm proud to be a part of the board."

Haddock, who has served 10 years on the board and is seeking his fourth straight term, said he is running for a seat again because he loves giving back to the community.

"I love this community and I think it's important to give back to it," he said. "There's still a lot of work to be done, and we have a cohesive board that works well together and does not squabble."

Hermansen is running for a seat for the third time, and he has not been elected before. He said with three small children in the district, he spends a lot of time at the school and is hoping to give back.

"It's so important that the school maintains its quality and the kids are given what they deserve," he said.

Hennigan, a first-time school board candidate, said she threw her name in the mix to offer a fresh view of the district's work.

"I hope to offer a new perspective," she said. "The board has been doing a good job, but I like to see some new blood, maybe offering some fresh ideas and looking at things differently, and I feel that way about all boards, not just school boards."

Henningson said her goals, if reelected, include continuing the district's transition into utilizing new technology.

"Things have changed so fast in the last 10 years," she said. "I want to continue providing resources for the staff and the students and make sure they have the tools they need to keep moving forward. I want us to keep the best teachers we can, and have the best equipment and resources possible."

Horner said he also hopes to continue providing resources to teachers and students as technology progresses.

"I hope to continue the positive efforts we have made with our support infrastructure, keep our great teaching staff and administrative staff, and make sure we meet our needs in the manner our patrons expect," he said. "We have been good stewards of the taxpayer dollars, as well as met the needs of the district."

Haddock said security issues are still in the forefront of his mind as a board member.

"I'd like to continue improving our security issues, and we need to keep up the quality of our educators," he said. "We also try to watch the taxpayer money, spending it wisely and using it as best as we can to get the best bang for our buck."

Hennigan, who has five children that attended or still attend Cassville, said the board has been fiscally responsible, and she hopes the district's forward momentum continues.

"We've got a lot that still needs upgrading, and I'd hate to see the bond issue fail because that would drag those projects out six years, and that's a whole class," she said. "I also feel that being a parent of five children and going through my financial spectrum, I could represent a multitude of parents and represent a lot of families instead of just the cookie-cutter families."

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