Oskaloosa School Board Candidate Shawn Moyer
Oskaloosa News sent out an email to all candidates with the exact same questions. Our question is in bold text, with the candidates answer following just below in normal text.
First and Last name.
Your education level and where did you attend?
B.A. William Penn College – 1997
A.A.S. Indian Hills Community College – 2005
How long have you called Oskaloosa home?
Have lived in Oskaloosa full time since 1995.
How do you believe your service on the school board will make a difference to the school system and the community?
I believe my straight forward nonpartisan views will help make Oskaloosa one of the best school districts in the state.
Some of you are running for the first time, other have in the past or are currently serving, but what moment made you realize you wanted to serve? How do you believe you will be able to impact the school district and make a difference with that?
I began thinking about running when I first read that five of the seven seats were up for election. There was an obvious need, and thought it would be a good time help fill that need. My good friend George Toubekis later approached me and asked me to think about running for our district. That sealed it for me and I began to get my election papers in order.
I first heard about the good conduct policy change at the August school board meeting. I had decide to attend the meeting to hear about the latest changes and issues heading into the election. I will have to say that I have not read the entire policy, and I am told that it is a few pages long. I believe any policy, regardless of its purpose, should be clear and precise with its intent.
Recently at the school board meetings, the subject of the good conduct policy came up. What are your thoughts on the current policy, and why do you believe your opinion is the correct one for the district?
With recent statements made by a former board member, I want it to be clear, revising the good conduct policy is not my reason for running. As I stated earlier, I did not know there was an issue with the policy until the August meeting. As of today, I am only aware of the one complaint about this policy. For a candidate to run for an office merely on a single issue, that likely effects only a few, is shallow. I know my name was thrown into the letter for no other reason than for my place of employment. This individual has never spoken with me, and I do not know them. I can seeing how one might associate people together based on a common place of employment. But I want it to be clear, no one at my work has ever approached me or encouraged me to run for school board. If elected to the board, I will serve the district, the board, and the public to educate the future leaders of this community. I am not running to serve the few or to support a single idea. As many of my friends will tell you, if you want a sugar coated answer, don’t ask Shawn, he will tell it straight.