Gerald (Jerry) Magas is a candidate for the Moffat County School District Board of Education in District 5. He is running unopposed in the election to 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: Gerald (Jerry) Magas
Occupation: Surveyor, Colowyo Coal Co.
Family: Wife, Bettina, a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.
Number of years in Moffat County: 12
Why I want to become involved: I want every child and young adult in Moffat County to receive quality education in a safe environment. We as parents cannot expect others to continually do everything for our children, we must all get involved.
My leadership/educational experiences include: Bachlor of science (B.S.) degree in forest resource management, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.; B.S. in business management, University of Wyoming; approximately 60 percent of course work toward a chartered financial consultant designation. I worked several years in the insurance and investment industry in Denver.
Past and present community involvement: I have coached youth baseball, basketball and hockey for several years. I support and have helped with Special Olympics. I was head of the Building and Grounds Committee six years and am currently a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church. I volunteer for my children's schools (field trips and classroom) and I led a Boy Scout troop for two years.
I feel the most important part of education is: Providing a challenging curriculum for all academic levels, parental involvement in children's education and to make everyone accountable for quality education. This includes students, parents, teachers, administrators and elected officials.
The theme of my campaign is: I don't have a "theme," but I plan to be a good listener who will look out for the best interests of the community, using common sense so as not to jeopardize the quality of education in Moffat County.
I want to see these sorts of changes in the educational system in Moffat County: I would like to see morality stressed more in the school system. I would also like to see more local control of the schools without additional taxes. Quoting John Kinkaid (another board candidate), "Higher spending has not translated into higher student achievement."
My thoughts on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights Amendment (TABOR) issue: I support TABOR as it stands now, which allows for tax increases based on inflation and growth rates each year. The wording of the amendment is not clear if it will diminish the authority of TABOR. I will seek clarification and vote accordingly.
If elected will I have time to talk to the public: Yes.
I am the candidate for the job because: I am trying to set an example for my children that the quality of their education is important to me.