Jim Root

A glance at Houston school board candidate Jim Root.

Background information: 58 years of age; married to Connie Root for 38 years; two children, Trisha Coulter and Travis Root, and eight grandchildren, all of Houston; graduated from Houston High School in 1971; retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation; employed as Park and Recreation Director by the City of Houston; Pastor for the Church of God of Prophecy in Houston; owns and operates Rootin-Tootin Alpacas in Houston.

How do you see the school district progressing forward in these tight budgetary times?

It seems that everyone is having to deal with tight budgets these days. Good, common sense decisions will help our district to continue to move forward and in the right direction. Always trying to do what is best for our students and then the district.

Explain how budget cuts could be made in the district without sacrificing the integrity of district curriculum.

I’m not sure this question can be answered by one person. Remember, the board is made up of seven people who need to work together for the good of students and the district. At times, budget cuts are necessary, but working together, even at times when board members don’t agree with each other, should never compromise the integrity of our district curriculum.

Describe what you consider to be the current strengths of the district.

The district’s strength has got to be the teachers. I believe this district has very dedicated teachers that care for their students and desire what is best for their students. After all, education can only be as good as the teachers who teach our children. This district has always had good teachers as a whole.

What are the areas in the most need of improvement within our district? How do you propose to make the improvement(s)?

This question can also be better answered once someone has served time on the board. From things that I’ve observed, maybe better communication between teachers and the administration and possibly communication between administration and the school board. Open communication will always produce a better understanding for the direction of the school board, administration, teachers, staff and parents.

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