Moyer, Parsons contend for vacancy May 8

John Moyer III of Harrington and James Parsons of Felton are running to replace current board member Andrea M. Miller, who is leaving the Lake Forest School Board.

John Moyer III

Why are you running?

I want to see the district continue on the path of continuous improvement, but there is still much to do in a variety of areas. As a district we are good, but not great. I want us to be great. This all starts with leadership at the board of education level, and I believe that as a lifelong educator I can contribute to moving the district from good to great.

What are the important topics facing the district?

Improving academic performance and being fiscally responsible are always at the top of the list, but we need to look at the bigger picture as well. We have too many students transferring out, and we have too many teachers leaving our district. This presents a troubling trend. Communication, athletic facilities and consistency across schools also continue to be a challenge.

What would you bring to the board?

I am a Lake Forest graduate and bring classroom teacher, administrative and school board experience to the board of education. I am active at the local, state and national level in education, giving me a unique insight into education as a whole. As a parent and coach in the district for more than two decades, I also know the challenges faced by educators outside of the classroom.

James Parsons

Why are you running?

As a veteran of the United States Air Force, community service and leadership are important values that were instilled in me. It is that value system and my leadership skills that brought me to the decision.

What are the important topics facing the district?

Surrounding districts have offerings for language immersion programs that have been proven to increase student achievement. Our students need to be afforded the same opportunities instead of having to choice out of the district to take advantage of these types of opportunities.

At the April board meeting, a 35 percent increase was reported for this year with special needs students being sent out of the district. This issue needs to be addressed so that our tuition tax is not increased.

What would you bring to the board?

As a teacher and DSEA member, I understand that teachers who are empowered in a positive work environment will produce results that benefit our students. I will be the voice of the students to make sure that equitable opportunities are available through innovative programs and I will represent our taxpayers and community to ensure that funding is utilized in a responsible way.