Purdy School Board Questionnaire: Martin “Trae” Goetz
Publisher’s note: The following Q&A represents the candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and has not been edited. The election will be held April 4, with voters allowed to select three of the five candidates. The top three vote-getters will be elected. - JB
Current Occupation: Captain, Joplin Fire Department
Past Experience: No previous Board of Directors experience
Education: Purdy K-12, MSSU, Crowder College
1. Why do you want to win this position?
I am a proud graduate of Purdy High School and value the education I received. Now, as a parent of 2 students in Purdy Schools, I feel a responsibility to be involved in their education.
2. If elected, what is your number one goal on the school board?
My number one goal would be to see to it that the school continues to provide the best education available. We should continue to hire and retain the best teachers and staff, and provide them with the resources and tools they need to help our students succeed.
3. What areas of the school district do you think need improvement?
If elected, I would look forward to working with the board and staff to make necessary improvements to all areas of the district.
4. Should the next big project focus on facility construction or technology?
Without knowing what the immediate needs are at this time, I cannot give a specific answer. I think our priority should be providing a safe and efficient learning environment. If elected, I would look forward to learning what those immediate needs are and work towards making both facilities and technology a priority.
5. Would you like the district to look at a 4-day school week?
At this time, I would not like the district to look at a 4-day school week. Although there are benefits to the District with a 4-day school week, I don’t feel there is enough research to show any improvement in students learning. I would be open to discussion and education on the topic; but, at this time, I would not like the district to look at a 4-day school week.