2 seek N. Harrison Blue River school board seat
With Gregg Oppel not seeking another term as the Blue River Township representative on the North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees, two political newcomers will appear on the ballot. They are Jordan Black and Eric Stroud. (School board members are non-partisan.) Only those in the Blue River Township will vote in this contested race. Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name: Jordan Black
Family: I have been married to my wife Ashley for 13 years, and we have two children, Cadence and Corbin. Both of them attend North Harrison schools, which is one of the many reasons I’m running for school board.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I am a 2004 North Harrison graduate that has worked in inside sales for an electrical distribution company in Louisville for nearly 10 years. This will be my first political experience, which I am ready for with my regular attendance at school board meetings and my passion for good change for our school.
Contact information for voters: [email protected] and cell 812-734-5507
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? I am running for school board because I want to make North Harrison a better place for both students and teachers. I believe the best way to do that is to start at the top. I would like to see the administration be more transparent in how the school is run, how staff is hired and how issues such as bullying, vaping, drugs and COVID-19 are handled in our school system.
What is the most important school board item you will address in 2021 if elected (150 words or less)? The most important things to me for this office is to make the administration more accountable and more transparent with their actions.
Name: Eric Stroud
Family: 3 Children:
Khloe, Josie and Noah Stroud
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 1997 graduate of North Harrison High School; 1999 graduate of Vincennes University with an associate in applied science; business owner; no political experience
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? The reasons I am seeking the Blue River Township school board seat at North Harrison Community School Corp. include many points of focus. As a parent of two young children at NHE, I feel 2020 has proven that evolving our education system and providing our educators with the most up-to-date tools and resources is a must. Our educators and young learners need to have a highly supportive team of leaders who are selflessly making the most informed decisions based on current education models. I feel our virtual curriculum model could benefit from improvements as we navigate this new education system.
What is the most important school board item you will address in 2021 if elected (150 words or less)? If chosen by the community, the most important focus I would like to address in the 2021 calendar year is leadership and accountability. As a small business owner, I know how important it is to ensure there are strong leaders throughout the organization at every level. As we all know, 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and our educators deserve applause for their dedication and performance while learning the virtual education platforms during an unprecedented time in our lives. I do feel there is room for improvement, and I will ensure our administration is held accountable with the children and parents at the forefront.