South Harrison Community School Corporation, Boone/Taylor Township seat
Voters in the South Harrison Community School Corp. will elect one person to fill the school trustee seat for Boone/Taylor Township. There are two candidates: William T. Fleace and Ray (Radar) Lillpop. Fleace currently is the representative for that township.
William T. Fleace
Children: Justin, Matthew, Leigh Ann
Occupation: Ford Motor Co. KTP
School and year graduated: Corydon Central, 1982
Additional education: Previous political experience: Member of the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of School Trustees for 8 years, from 2001 to 2008.
Duties of position sought: To make decisions on corporation business, policy and planning as a representative of the community with a primary focus on our students.
Why are you seeking the office? As a graduate of South Harrison schools and a lifelong resident of the South Harrison community, I believe I understand the school and this community and can help bring them together for the benefit of our children’s education. I enjoy being involved in our schools and take pride in how great our schools are while understanding there is a great deal of work yet to be done.
What qualifies you for the office? I believe I have a tremendous amount of experience being a board member. I understand the problems and issues facing our teachers, students, staff, parents and community, and can help work to find positive solutions that benefit everyone. My children have attended South Harrison schools, and I enjoy being involved in our local schools.
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? ‘ Budget: We must continue to work to keep expenses down and be responsible and responsive to all taxpayers while maintaining the high level of educational quality we offer our students. ‘ Programs and courses: We must continue to take a close look at all of the programs and courses that we offer at all levels, from full-day kindergarten to high school classes, to be sure that we have students who are ultimately prepared either for work or post-secondary education in this rapidly changing world. ‘ Staff needs: We must continue to recognize the high quality of employees we have throughout the district. We must be sure they are properly compensated and that we offer them the best insurance we can at the best prices possible.
Do you support the state’s recommendation to consolidate county schools as a way to save money? Why or why not? No. The state does not understand the uniqueness of our community, or any for that matter. These decisions should be left to local communities. A community should make this decision, not the state.
What can the corporation do to battle soaring health insurance costs? The corporation must continue to promote insurance plans that encourage preventative medicine practices which have proven to decrease long-term medical expenses. We must be open to allowing competition that can lower costs.
What can South Harrison schools do to ensure its students are ready for post-secondary education or to enter the work force? As I previously mentioned, we must continue to allow our programs and courses to evolve based on our changing world. We must continue to expand our classes that offer students an opportunity to earn both high school and college credit. We must also continue to push students interested in the entering the work force after high school to pursue vocational classes and career sequence strands of classes that can help them compete in finding good paying jobs.
Other comments: Thank you for your support. Feel free to call me if you would like to talk any more about my candidacy for the South Harrison board of school trustees.
Contact information for voters: 737-2263
Ray (Radar) Lillpop
Spouse: Sharon (Bussabarger) Lillpop
Children: Five children, 10 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter
Occupation: Retired farmer, painter, bus driver for 20 years
School and year graduated: Laconia High School, 1957
Additional education: Previous political experience: Served on South Harrison school board from 1977 to 1985.
Duties of position sought: School board member, working as a unit, making sure the schools are run on the up and up.
Why are you seeking the office? To improve the education for every student in the South Harrison school corporation.
What qualifies you for the office? Past school board experience (eight years).
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? Doing away with the ICAN and getting back to the ABC in our grading system through grades 1-6.
Do you support the state’s recommendation to consolidate county schools as a way to save money? Why or why not? No. I think the smaller school corporations want to stay just like they are. Several years ago Lanesville was asked to join and they refused.
What can the corporation do to battle soaring health insurance costs? By setting more bidding competition or getting more companies like the town of Corydon or maybe county workers to join into one unit.
What can South Harrison schools do to ensure its students are ready for post-secondary education or to enter the work force? Getting more students to take vocational education and make sure we hire qualified teachers.
Other comments: If elected, I will do my best to make sure every student in the corporation can get the best education possible.
Contact information for voters: 737-2401