LOCAL BANKER SEEKS RE-ELECTION
Dax Moreton, 40, is seeking re-election to his third term 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.
Moreton has been with Arvest Bank since September 2000, and currently serves as loan manager and executive vice president for Arvest in Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Farmington and West Fork. He holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture business from Arkansas Tech University and in 2009, completed The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
In 2012, he received the Arkansas School Board Association
Boardsmanship Award of Master Board Member.
He and his wife also own a commercial cow/ calf farming operation in Summers.
Moreton said he is running for re-election because he has a vested interest in Lincoln schools. He and his wife both graduated from Lincoln High and their daughter attends Lincoln Middle School.
“I am sure that most parents want the best for their child the same as I do. This is why I am running for re-election. I want all the students that graduate from Lincoln High School to have the skills needed to take the next step in their life. Whether their next step is college or trade school, I want them to have the tools needed to be productive citizens.”
The role of a school board member, said Moreton, is to oversee and set district policies, oversee the school’s finances, hold the superintendent accountable for the quality of education provided to Lincoln students by school staff and to be an advocate of voters in the board room.
Moreton said he will continue to fill this role by asking questions regarding the district’s financial health and student growth, listening to the community and presenting the community’s view to the board.
“I believe if the school board is making decisions with the student’s best interest in mind, we will be moving the district in the right direction,” Moreton said.
Moreton said he believes his financial background and past school board experience are valuable in helping him serve on Lincoln School Board. His financial background has allowed him to provide insight and information to the board when making decisions. His parents were lifetime educators and that has given him an insight into education from their perspective.
“I hope my experience and my love for Lincoln can keep the district on the continued path of improving our students’ education, maintaining and improving our facilities within our budgetary constraints, and helping set mindful policies that helps push Lincoln to being one of the state’s premier districts,” Moreton said.
If re-elected to office, Moreton said his goals will be a continued focus on student growth and gains at all grade levels, continued financial stability of the district, to design and build an animal science building for the school’s agriculture department, analyze the budget to determine when Lincoln could look at increasing teacher salaries in the future, and look for ways to complete the school’s vision of a softball and baseball complex on the High School campus.
Asked if he wanted to provide any other information about running for school board, Moreton wrote: “I want Lincoln Schools to provide the highest quality education possible for students. I want to provide our kids with the confidence and tools they need to enter the workforce. I also want our students to look back after graduation and proudly say, ‘I am from Lincoln!’”