Four seek seats on Joseph Badger BOE

KINSMAN — Four candidates are seeking to fill three openings on the Joseph Badger Schools board of education.

Seeking the seats are Jerad Sutton, who was appointed in 2016, Jared Klingensmith and two write-in candidates, Susan Kidd and Laisa Thompson. Kidd, Klingensmith and Thompson are all marking their first time seeking public office.

Kidd, a lifelong Kinsman resident, said she wishes to be involved in “the continuous tradition of excellence” the school district staff works toward achieving.

“I am pleased with the fiscal responsibility our school has maintained and would like to help Joseph Badger Local Schools continue down that path,” Kidd said.

“I feel that having a business degree, being a taxpayer, self-employed and a substitute teacher, I have all the qualifications to serve our community as a school board member. My goal is to help oversee school finances in a fair and efficient way to benefit our students and the taxpayers,” said Kidd, who served on the bond committee when the district was trying to get funding to build a new school.

Klingensmith said he will focus on continued open dialogue between the board and the public.

“I want the students and parents to feel that they can speak with the board about issues of concern. I will strive to maintain that open dialogue,” he said.

Klingensmith, who has two children in the district, said he wants to study and learn more about the state test scores and how the district can continue to improve. He said often the scores don’t always reflect the hard work by students and staff.

Sutton said he understands the importance of interacting with the community and developing strong partnerships, and he wants to continue to improve community relations and make the public aware of school activities. He said he believes his leadership skills as a State Highway trooper and having been on the board will be an asset to strive to make the district better.

Sutton said he will also monitor test scores and how they affect students and the graduation rate, and continue ensuring the district is in good fiscal shape.

“During these changing times strong leadership will play an even greater role in the achievement of the Joseph Badger School District,” he said.

Thompson, who has children in the district, said she wants to focus on the best ways to meet student needs, including gifted / talented programs, while also addressing state test scores.

She said as a Badger schools graduate and parent she sees the importance of helping local families of the community meet the educational needs of the students.

Thompson said she will review the state report cards to help in continuing the student and staff excellence and make improvements where needed.

“The state report cards are top priority for schools, as is meeting the needs of the students,” she said.