The election for the lone open seat on the Smyrna School Board is Tuesday, May 13. Facing off in this year’s race are Smyrna resident Jody Wilson and Clayton resident Scot McClymont.

Voting will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling locations are the Kenton Ruritan Club, Smyrna Elementary and Smyrna Middle School.

The seat is a five-year term. BOE President Jeff Clark currently fills the seat; Clark is not seeking a fourth term.

Jody Wilson

AGE 36 LIVES IN Smyrna EDUCATION Graduated from Smyrna High in 1995; graduated from the Keesler AFB Communications Computer System Tech School in 1996 OCCUPATION Network and Operations Manager, Delaware Health Information Exchange FAMILY wife Rhonda, children David and Shayne CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS 13 years coaching and volunteering with Smyrna Little Wrestlers – Team Smyrna Wrestling Club – Delaware Wrestling Alliance, 10-year volunteer with Smyrna Clayton Pop Warner Football and Cheer, several years coaching with Smyrna Clayton Little League, member Smyrna Clayton Moose Family Center 2046, member David C. Harrison American Legion Post 14 Q Why are you running for school board?

A I am running for school board because I’ve lived here all my life. I grew up in this town. I’ve been here for the growth of our district, and can remember the good times and the hard times. I love this community and the school district is a huge part of it. I am always out and about in the community at sporting events and other school related functions. As a big supporter of the district, this would be another way to give back to the people who have supported me and helped me grow through the years. Smyrna Clayton and surrounding areas are growing exponentially and I want to continue to ensure the trust and dependability in our school district.

Q Is there anything the Smyrna School Board could do better?

A Our current School Board has done a tremendous job understanding the demands and managing the finances and growth of our District. The guidance and oversight they have provided has led to a superior rating for the Smyrna School District in which other districts can look up to. Managing expectations, building relationships, and effective communications are the keys to a successful future for our up and coming educators, politicians, doctors, professionals, and leaders.

Q Why should residents vote for you?

A I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve and give back to the school district and community in this role. I believe in hard work and want to continue to lead the younger generation in this capacity. I want the members of our community to know there is another trusted advisor providing the guidance and oversight to our students, educators, and professionals to ensure a positive outcome for their children. My experience as a Husband, Father, Uncle, Coach, Volunteer, Mentor and Professional has taught me valuable lessons, and provided with the knowledge and insight to be a part of a successful organization, team, family. Voting for me is voting for someone who is focused on your child’s future.

Scot McClymont

AGE 42 LIVES IN Clayton EDUCATION Graduated from Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Md. in 1989; Graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude in 2011; soon to be graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity on May 12. OCCUPATION Pastor, United Methodist Church; appointed as Director of Young People’s Ministry for the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference FAMILY wife, Dawn; sons Anthony and Evan. CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Kenton and Asbury United Methodist Churches Q Why are you running for school board?

A I have been in the community since 1997 and I want to have a more active role within the school district. Both of my sons attend schools within the Smyrna School District but that is only part of my motivation. The district has several challenges in the near future and I believe that I am up to the challenge. I believe that I uphold our Districts’ Core Values of Compassion, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, and Responsibility. I want to see our District be the best it can be, and by being a part of the Smyrna School Board, I can help facilitate excellence. I have experience in working with tight budgets and being fiscally responsible to the people under my care. I truly care for our community and I am not simply a “yes” person. There are times when I have had to make tough decisions for the betterment of the larger community but even in times of tough decision making I made sure that everyone had a voice and that each voice was heard. I work well with diverse groups of people.

Q Is there anything the Smyrna School Board could do better?

A The Smyrna School Board has made many excellent decisions in the past and even with all of the additions and new construction in our district, they have been fiscally responsible to the community. They have done well in making our schools as safe as possible for the students, faculty, and administration in their care. But there is always room to improve. We can never be perfect in an imperfect world, but we can strive for excellence in all that we do. I will not settle for mediocrity.

Q Why should residents vote for you?

A I feel that residents should vote for me because you can expect my absolute best for all who make up the Smyrna School District. I feel that I display our District’s Core Values through my life and actions. I am fully invested in our community and I want the Smyrna School District to be excellent and highly successful in its mission to “ensure that the students of the community are prepared as effectively and as efficiently as possible to become responsible and productive citizens possessing the knowledge, the problem-solving skills, and the positive attitudes necessary to successfully adapt to and function in an ever changing environment.” With your help and vote on May 13th, we can continue to make this happen.