Li­censed Coun­selor Runs For Board Po­si­tion

Farm­ing­ton School Board, Po­si­tion 5

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SCHOOL ELECTIONS -

A li­censed coun­selor, Mindy Grus­ing, 44, said her ex­pe­ri­ences as a coun­selor in dif­fer­ent school set­tings would help her bring a unique per­spec­tive to the Farm­ing­ton School Board.

Grus­ing is li­censed in clin­i­cal so­cial work and of­fers pri­vate coun­sel­ing to in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples and fam­i­lies, as well as work­ing with teens at dif­fer­ent schools in North­west Arkansas.

She has a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in psy­chol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy, a mi­nor in coun­sel­ing and holds a mas­ter’s of so­cial work de­gree.

Grus­ing is chal­leng­ing the in­cum­bent for Po­si­tion

5 on Farm­ing­ton Board of Di­rec­tors.

Grus­ing said she has an in­vested in­ter­est in Farm­ing­ton School District be­cause she has three chil­dren at­tend­ing Farm­ing­ton schools. Her old­est is in the Fresh­man Academy this year. She also has a child at­tend­ing the mid­dle school and her youngest is at Wil­liams Ele­men­tary School.

“I am run­ning in an ef­fort to help support the con­tin­ued im­prove­ment of Farm­ing­ton Schools over­all,” Grus­ing said.

Grus­ing said she sees the role of a school board mem­ber as some­one who is will­ing to ad­vo­cate to make a school its best ed­u­ca­tion­ally with the re­sources pro­vided. A school board mem­ber also is there to be­come the voice of the com­mu­nity and for the com­mu­nity, she said.

She be­lieves she can fill this role.

“I am able and will­ing to speak up and of­fer new ideas as well as back old ones that are ef­fec­tive. I have a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence from work­ing in the schools which of­fers a fresh per­spec­tive.”

Grus­ing at­tended a school near Kansas City that was about the same size of Farm­ing­ton. She grad­u­ated with a class of 164 stu­dents and said this gives her the per­spec­tive of what can be of­fered in a school the size of Farm­ing­ton.

“I also have worked in nu­mer­ous schools in the area as a coun­selor in­clud­ing Farm­ing­ton, Spring­dale, Green­land, and presently Haas Hall. These ex­pe­ri­ences have given me a unique view I can bring to the Board since I have heard what kids and teach­ers are de­sir­ing and have seen what is work­ing in some schools and what is not,” Grus­ing said.

If elected, she said her first goal would be to support ef­forts to im­prove Farm­ing­ton’s ed­u­ca­tion, whether that is by of­fer­ing more chal­leng­ing classes or find­ing ways to hold stu­dents to a higher standard and ac­count­abil­ity.

“I would want to talk to the school coun­selors, teach­ers, and prin­ci­pals and find out what Farm­ing­ton kids are hop­ing to be after grad­u­a­tion in or­der to know where to dis­trib­ute the re­sources. Also, I want to ad­vo­cate for more fine arts pro­grams, clubs, and athletics.”

She con­tin­ued, “Many schools of our size of­fer more in these ar­eas, giv­ing stu­dents more things to in­vest in and more op­por­tu­ni­ties to get col­lege schol­ar­ships. We need to con­sider of­fer­ing more for those stu­dents that have dif­fer­ent tal­ents, in­ter­ests, and fu­ture goals.”

If given the op­por­tu­nity, Grus­ing said she would be hon­ored to serve on the Farm­ing­ton School Board and rep­re­sent school pa­trons.


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