Kris Grinter questionnaire
Family: Husband of 18 years, Ted Grinter; 2 children, Sidney (14) and Callie (12)
Education: Missouri Western State University (4 years), accounting/marketing; Kansas University, BFA, visual communication
Occupation: Bookkeeper/board member, Jim Grinter Farms, Inc.
Political and government experience: N/A
Clubs or organizations: I’ve helped out with the Tonganoxie Civic Club golf tournament for years and support other various organizations.
Why are you running for school board?
I’ve been a strong supporter of USD 464. Being a school board member is an excellent way to give back and become more involved in the community. Most of all, I have a real desire to see that every child is given the skills and opportunity that they need to become a successful and responsible adult.
What is your top priority for the district and why?
My top priority for the school district is to maintain strong teachers and have a strong curriculum. I want each child, as well as their parents, to be aware of what avenues are open to them concerning their education.
What qualifications should voters know about you?
I’ve taken advantage of many volunteer opportunities within the school district and in the community for many years. I’ve also served on various boards, including our own family farming operation and several booster clubs. My husband’s family has been a part of this community for four generations. I have strong ties to and a vested interest in the success of this community.
What is the most pressing issue facing the school district and how do you propose to take care of it?
The most pressing issue facing the school district will be the financial restraints we will likely face in the upcoming years. We need to concentrate on smart money management focusing on what is truly educationally important.
In light of these uncertain economic times, how should the district move forward knowing it faces less funding?
The district needs to move forward with the future in mind. We will get through this recession, and when we do, we need to be able to look back and know that we never skimped on any child’s education. We will need to get creative on ways to save money and look for new ways to increase our financial outlook.
As you campaign, what’s the top issue you’re hearing about from patrons and how do you intend to address it?
The main issue I have heard from patrons is that they feel they’ve lost faith in some of the school board members to make decisions on behalf of the community. I intend to listen to, and be a voice for the community while working respectfully with other school board members to make the best decisions possible concerning the district.