Position paper: Manchester Local Schools Board of
vs. LeAnn Nichols (incumbent)
vs. Mark William Tallman
Voters living in the Manchester
Local Schools District will vote for two candidates
for the two open seats on the Board of Education during
the Nov. 6 General Election.
Editor’s note: The answers to the following questions are provided as submitted. Candidate Mark William Tallman did not submit information to the following questions by the stated deadline.
Why do you think you are the better candidate?
Kaderly: I am the best candidate because of my 16 years experience. I feel that I listen well to the community and have a good idea what direction the people of Manchester would like their schools to go.
Nichols: I, LeAnn Nichols, acknowledge how fortunate I have been to be elected to serve as a Manchester Board Member these past four years. I believe that the current five members have a strong team approach and unity in working together with the Superintendent and Treasurer. I take this position very seriously and have on many occasions been the voice of questions concerning issues and spending. I understand the value of team work in conjunction with the community to accomplish goals for our Children’s education and Manchester Local Schools. I support and encourage Long Range Planning that has been instituted these last four years. I have been instrumental in curriculum and policy changes to enhance learning. I seek re-election to continue what has been started with Prayer, Privilege and Panther Pride.
What do you think are the two most important issues facing the district and how would you address them?
Kaderly: The most important issue facing most schools is finances. The solutions are not easy. First boards have to spend wisely. Second, we need to continue to encourage our legislators to find a proper way to fund all public schools.
Technology is the next large problem schools have. Keeping up with the fast moving technology is very hard and expensive. The best way to deal with technology is hire the right people who can use and adapt to changing technology, do not waste money on every new program available, but purchase the most useful software and hardware for the students.
Nichols: Once again I answer this as a current board member with the understanding and knowledge of the last four years. I respond then as aligns with current board agenda. To move Manchester Schools from an effective district to an excellent district. The current board and the vote from the community to pass the school levies, has brought financial stability to the district. This has enabled the purchase of textbooks. Especially in grades and courses that were outdated. There have been additional funds made available to Arts and Music. There has also been a re-alignment of administration to strengthen the foundation of the education process. To continue to be a testing facility for college entrance enables our students’ great opportunity to prepare for college. The other opportunity for continued growth for the district is the assessment of all school facilities for the future. The collective decision making process of the Board has created the forward movement to meet State of Ohio requirements. I seek to serve the Children first and to keep the dynamic consistent.