Can­di­dates Seek Zone 4 Po­si­tion On School Board


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

A lo­cal res­i­dent with more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for Lincoln School District is chal­leng­ing the in­cum­bent to rep­re­sent Zone 4 on Lincoln School Board.

Vot­ing to fill the Zone 4 po­si­tion will be part of the May 22 pref­er­en­tial pri­mary, non­par­ti­san Ju­di­cial Gen­eral and the an­nual School Elec­tion. Reg­is­tered vot­ers must re­side in Zone 4 to vote for one of the can­di­dates. Early vot­ing con­tin­ues through May 21.

Oleta Con­ner Dan­forth, 63, said she sees her role as a school board mem­ber as ad­dress­ing the pub­lic’s in­ter­ests and con­cerns re­gard­ing ed­u­ca­tion within the district. An­other role of the school board, she said, is to fa­cil­i­tate the “op­ti­miza­tion of the learn­ing process for all stu­dents with the best ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment pos­si­ble.”

Dan­forth’s chil­dren all grad­u­ated from Lincoln High School and she has eight grand­chil­dren cur­rently in schools in the district. She is a high school grad­u­ate and has achieved sev­eral cer­ti­fi­ca­tions over the years.

If elected, Dan­forth said she be­lieves she can fill the role of a school board mem­ber be­cause of her abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively and lis­ten to al­ter­na­tive ideas and thoughts with an open mind, some­thing that is cru­cial for suc­cess­ful dis­course.

“I have an en­thu­si­as­tic at­ti­tude to­wards con­tin­ual im­prove­ment of ed­u­ca­tion tech­niques,” Dan­forth said.

She has worked for Lincoln schools for more than 25 years in sev­eral po­si­tions and said this ex­pe­ri­ence would help her in serv­ing on the school board. Dur­ing her

time at Lincoln, Dan­forth served as a Ti­tle I aide, key­board in­struc­tor, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gist, pro­vided sum­mer work and was fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing En­vi­ron­ment.

“This gives me an ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing of the dif­fer­ent facets of re­sources needed for a suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tional district,” Dan­forth said.

She is run­ning for the po­si­tion, she said, be­cause “I loved mak­ing a dif­fer­ence while work­ing with the stu­dents of the Lincoln School District. I would love to con­tinue mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for all stu­dents and em­ploy­ees of this district.”

If elected, her goal is to help make Lincoln schools a place where fam­i­lies are ex­cited to send their chil­dren, and staff are proud to work.


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