Purdy School Board Questionnaire: Ronnie Veith

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

Age: 54

Current Occupation: Sapa Extrusion in Monett for 32 years and operate a beef cattle farm

Past Experience: 15 years on Purdy School board

Education: Purdy graduate, BS in Ag business and minor in animal science from The College of the Ozarks

1. Why do you want to win this position?

From the first time I ran for the school board in 2002 until now I have wanted our school to provide the best possible education possible for each student. I feel an obligation to be a positive part of this process and being on the school board is my way of giving back to the school and community that means so much to me.

2. If elected, what is your number one goal on the school board?

My number one goal is for each student to have the life skills and education to be a success in life when they leave Purdy School. For some this may be to find a job and to be a good employee upon completing school. For others this may be preparing them for college first and then a career. This involves more than the curriculum in the classroom. We must have people that are great at their jobs and are good role models. A staff that cares for every student is what makes the education system work.

3. What areas of the school district do you think need improvement?

The MAP scores from the middle school were not at an acceptable level for last year. The process is well underway to improve these for the next round of testing. The school must always stay in a continuous state of improvement in all areas though. If we become content with any area of the education process, then not trying to move forward will lead to falling behind.

4. Should the next big project focus on facility construction or technology?

A few years ago the school took a giant leap forward on technology. Putting Ipads and computers in the hands of each student from the 3rd grade up. This is helping prepare our students for a world that is technology driven today. The next big project is facility construction, which has already been set in motion. The state has approved a FEMA storm shelter for Purdy School and last August the patrons of Purdy School approved a bond issue. The money form the bond issue will be used to add preschool and kindergarten classrooms adjacent to the storm shelter. Also a lobby area will be part of the project so the storm shelter can be used for various school events.

5. Would you like the district to look at a 4-day school week?

I am not convinced it is a good decision for our students. I believe most students will benefit from the extra day in school rather than longer days. If the school is doing a good job of providing a positive atmosphere and a quality education then why wouldn’t we want the students at school 5 days a week. I do hear the stories about how it will save money. If we try to save a dollar at the expense of the students, they are the ones being robbed.

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