School board candidates speak out

Kinkaid promises to devote time, energy to county school board

John S. Kinkaid is a candidate for the Moffat County School District Board of Education in District 7. He is running against Patrick Mosbey and the election will be held Nov. 2. The following is a common group of questions asked to each of the candidates and the Craig Daily Press will preview each candidate before the election.

District 7

Name: John S. Kinkaid

Age: 46

Occupation: Plant operator at Tri-State Generation and Transmission electric power plant

Family: Wife, Paula, and three children, two boys ages 15 and 13, and a daughter, 10.

Number of years in Moffat County: 22

Why I want to become involved: I have the time to devote to being on the school board and I know what raises flags and what doesn't. What we are doing at the local level is a real priority in education. I am not running because I have an ax to grind and I am not a one-issue candidate.

My leadership/educational experiences include: Bachelor of science degree from Northern Arizona University and a master of business administration (MBA) degree from the University of Phoenix. As an MBA I should be able to understand the administrative side of the school district, which would include policy setting and budget matters. I was the also the manager of a radio station during college.

Past and present community involvement: Volunteer and ambassador with Promise Keepers, Yampa Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center, appointed to committee in 1999 to pick a new Craig Middle School (CMS) principal, member of the CMS Parent Advisory Committee as the school improvement representative.

I feel the most important part of education is: Getting parents involved. I would like to urge all parents of school-aged children to become actively involved in their child's education and their child's school. Parental involvement is crucial to a child's academic success.

The theme of my campaign is: We will give the students of Moffat County nothing less than our best.

I want to see these sorts of changes in the educational system in Moffat County: On average, 7 percent of a school district's budget comes from the federal government. For that extra 7 percent local school districts give up an awful lot of control in running their schools. With federal money comes plenty of strings. Speaking solely for myself and not necessarily advocating a tax increase to the residents of Moffat County, I personally would be willing to pay a little more in school taxes in order to tell the U.S. Department of Education to keep its 7 percent and that we in Moffat County can run our schools just fine without its mandates and interference. There is too much of a push from the federal government for social engineering and this comes at the expense of academic learning. I think that test scores bear that out. Student achievement scores have been going down while per pupil spending on education has been going up. Higher spending has not translated into higher student achievement

About the Taxpayers Bill of Rights Amendment (TABOR): I support TABOR. As it stands now, there is a disincentive to go after state grant money. I don't think that state grant money should be counted as revenue for the purposes of the TABOR amendment requirements. I will vote yes on Measure 3A.

If elected, will I have time to talk to the public: With my schedule, I work for 14 days and have 14 days off. This will allow for plenty of time for the public.

I am the candidate for the job because: I am able to understand the administrative side of the school district, which would include policy setting and budget matters. District 7 has been well represented on the board for many years and I would like to help that continue. I have done my homework and if you have a broader view of the issues that are out there then you will know what to look for.

Mosbey wants to serve community, students

Patrick Mosbey is a candidate for the Moffat County School District Board of Education in District 7. He is running against John Kinkaid and the election will be held Nov. 2. The following is a common group of questions asked to each of the candidates and the Craig Daily Press will preview each candidate before the election.

Name: Patrick Mosbey

Age: 51

Occupation: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technician for the Moffat County School District

Family: Wife, Patti, and three children, 23, 25 and 32.

Number of years in Moffat County: 25

Why I want to become involved in the school board: I see this as an opportunity to serve my community including the parents, staff and taxpayers of Moffat County. I want to look at per pupil spending because other school districts in the area receive more money per student than we do.

My leadership/educational experiences include: Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, involved in a number of leadership roles in the church.

Past and present community involvement: As long-time residents of Craig and business owners, my wife and I were members of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association. My wife also served on the board for The Center of Craig.

I feel the most important part of education is: Education is not simply the three "R's;" it involves the total person. Sports, art, music and extra-curricular activities all play a vital role in the process.

I want to see these sorts of changes in the educational system in Moffat County: This is a difficult question, and one that is potentially complex. I'm not sure it would be wise to try and provide an answer before I actually get the opportunity to serve on the board. I feel that I need that perspective before I would be qualified to change the system.

My thoughts on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR): I support the idea. Some things need to be worked out, but the idea is beneficial.

If elected, will I have time to talk to the public: Staff, former board members, parents, students and community leaders all provide a rich source of information for any board member. We must be willing to stay involved and in touch with these people. We gain valuable insight when we listen and also when we ask.

I am the candidate for the job because: Having worked in the school district for nearly 11 years, I feel that I can provide an internal perspective that may prove beneficial. I have access to the staff, students and administrators on a daily basis. I see the system from the inside out. I feel that I also have high integrity as well as a strong sense of fairness. I am concerned for the environment of the schools. We need to take steps to secure learning.

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