LO­CAL BANKER SEEKS RE-ELEC­TION

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

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!’”

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