Exeter School Board questionnaire: Kerry Mattingly
Current Occupation: Human Resources/Member Services at Barry Electric Cooperative
Past Experience: 9 years on the Board Of Education at Exeter, Served as Region 9 Area Chair with Missouri State School Board Association, Member of the Resource Committee with Missouri State School Board Association, Certified Board Member with the Missouri State School Board Association
Education: 13 year student and graduate of Exeter R-6 School District, attended Crowder College with studies in Agri-business
1. Why do you want to win this position?
The main reason I would like to be re-elected to our school board is that our school is the heart of community. With a successful school district our community will flourish, our future leaders begin right here within our school. After being on the board for 9 years we have worked together to develop a great group of administrators, teachers and staff, striving to give our students the very best! Exeter is becoming a school that is being noticed for its academics and achievements, our students are thriving and are encouraged to follow their dreams and expectations once they graduate.
2. If elected, what is your number one goal on the school board?
I feel that better communication would be a number one goal. Not only amongst the board and administration, or administration and staff, but also the school to the parents and community. I honestly feel you can never communicate enough. When people are informed and involved, productivity and accountability become a strong asset within our district. Our children will succeed even more than they are now, and they themselves will become better communicators in future.
3. What areas of the school district do you think need improvement?
Technology is always a needed improvement, granted we have come a long way in a few short years. Our students have access to several technology options within our district. With that said, technology is constantly changing and for a small district such as ours, it’s a difficult hill to climb. Our staff does an exceptional job of keeping with current technology trends and are applying those techniques in their classrooms. But there is always room for improvement, we all want the best for our students.
4. Should the next big project focus on facility construction or technology?
The next big project I see for our district is definitely facility construction. As many know our bus barn has been aging for many years and security of our bus fleet is at risk. The issue has been discussed several times and the need is prominent for our district. We have been very fortunate to our tax payers and supporters of our district for allowing us the funds to keep our facilities updated and a great place to learn.
5. Are there any programs or classes you would like to see the district add?
I feel that a Home Ec or FACS class/club would benefit our students greatly. Many students are not prepared for certain circumstances that they may encounter in “real life”. Any time we as a district can help better prepare our students the more successful they will be.