Monett School Board questionnaire: Kaley Thigpen

Saturday, April 3, 2021

1. Why do you want to run for a seat on the school board?

Serving on the school board is one way I can give back to my community, our teachers, and all district employees. My husband and I along with our two young children call Monett home and they will be in the district for years to come. I want to be able to support the staff and administrators who will play a vital role in their lives.

2. What, if any, previous experience do you have?

Currently, I serve on the Monett Chamber Board and MOSwitch board. I have served on various committees with my current position as Clinic administrator at CoxHealth.

3. What is your field of employment, and how does it contribute to your qualifications as a potential school board member?

Currently, I serve as Clinic Administrator for CoxHealth in Monett. The board is responsible for establishing and maintaining a structure that supports this vision, empowers the staff, and provides leadership, I do this in my current role.

4. What are your priorities for the district?

My biggest priority for the district is to continue with the construction plan that was voted on in 2020. Schools in the district are at capacity and I am eager to see the construction plan come to fruition.

5. What would you change, if anything?

I am not running for school board to “change” anything. I do not have a personal agenda. I believe that Monett is a strong school district, with it’s greatest strength being their vision: “Student Focused and Future Driven.” The district promotes personalized learning and teaching for students to help them maximize their academic growth. Monett hires and retains high caliber staff who are invested in their students and seeing them reach their full potential.

6. In light of COVID, what are the biggest challenges facing the district moving forward?

The Monett District has done a tremendous job keeping students and staff safe during this pandemic. As the State of Missouri pushes to open and mask mandates are removed, the biggest challenge will be to continue keeping students and staff safe.

7. What are your personal goals you would like to accomplish, if elected?

My number one goal as a school board member is to be approachable and accessible to community members and district employees, encouraging open dialog and collaboration to keep our district student focused and a great place to work. I believe that a school board member must take input from all groups and weigh all the facts before making a decision. A Board member is a trustee and trusted member of the community that elects him or her.

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