Three candidates are competing for two seats on the Warren County R-III school board.
The candidates are incumbents Virginia “Ginger” Schenck and Allan Dreyer, and newcomer Joe Lanigan. Each spot is a three-year term.
Schenck and Lanigan provided their profiles below. Dreyer did not submit a profile.
Schenck was a teacher and counselor for 30 years. She is retired.
She is a member of College United Methodist Church, Daniel Boone Area Retired Teachers Association, the WISE Foundation Board and new member of the Care to Learn Advisory Board.
Schenck came to Warrenton in 1976. Her three children graduated form Warrenton High School and her grandson is a student at Black Hawk Middle School.
“I have witnessed numerous changes over the years and believe that a thriving growing community is in the best interest of both the school district and our patrons,” she said. “Together with community leaders, as a school board member, I will strive to help our community grow and face the challenges of the future. My primary focus will continue to be our students and preparing them to be successful in today’s world.”
Schenck is seeking re-election. She considers participating in the selection of a new superintendent one of her most significant actions during her term.
“The board conducted the search which included obtaining community input through both a survey and focus groups. Throughout the search we kept in mind the needs of the community, leadership attributes and a vision for the future of our district,” she said. “Our process allowed us to select a superior candidate who is a great fit for our school district.”
Schenck said she will to continue to support the school board with the three top priorities that were selected with the superintendent.
“One is to develop a culture of success for both staff and students. A culture that allows students to grow and achieve their full potential is essential to success. Second we will address our financial future by examining cost-saving measures, evaluating programs for effectiveness, and prioritizing. Our third priority is to retain quality staff. One of the best things we can do for students is to attract and retain high quality teachers who have experience in creating student success,” Schenck said.
She is married to Dale Schenck. They live in Warrenton.
Lanigan is the newcomer. He is a paraprofessional at Black Hawk Middle School.
He is running because, “The good kids need an advocate too. The system is not their friend and has not been for a very long time,” he said.
Lanigan did not specify what policy changes or actions he would make or support.
“I will know it when I see it,” he said.
He is married to JoAnn Lanigan and they live in Warrenton.