Three running for Lone Rock School District board positions

Wayne Stanford, Julie Logan and Paula Short are running for Lone Rock School District board seats.

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The Lone Rock School District has two open trustee positions to be filled each with three-year terms. 

Incumbents Wayne Stanford and Paula Short have filed, as has challenger Julie Logan.

The election is being held through mail ballots, which went out to registered voters April 13.

The ballots are due back to the Ravalli County Election Office by May 3.

Julie Logan

Age: 55

Employment: Substitute teacher, Radiologic Technologist

Why are you running?

To give the constituents in the Lone Rock School District a choice between candidates for the open positions on the school board.

What makes you the best candidate?

Along with objectivity and integrity, I will conduct myself with honesty and act in the best interests of the students at Lone Rock School.

Is there something in particular that you would like to focus on to improve the school district?

As a part of the team working for the students and the administration at Lone Rock School, serving as one of the Board of Trustees, I will need to absolutely take a fine toothed comb to uncover any bugs in any areas of policy, personnel, programs, budget processes, state requirements, etc. I will actively seek to get real clarity on behalf of the board on where the school is falling short and encourage that we as a school, create and pursue a strict methodology of change to bring the best education we are able to, to these precious students.

Paula Short

Age: 45

Employment: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Why are you running?

First and foremost, my goal is to create and maintain excellent opportunities for Lone Rock students and their families, both academically and in terms of extracurricular and special projects. Second, I want to continue my work as a trustee in the areas of community outreach, strategic planning and district operations. With a child currently attending Lone Rock School (next year, I’ll have two), I bring both a parent’s perspective as well as that of school administration.

What makes you the best candidate?

Last July, I was appointed to the board to serve the remaining term of a trustee who had resigned. Since then, I’ve made valuable contributions to the district, including establishing a community outreach committee, organizing community listening sessions on the superintendent vacancy and the out-of-district enrollment policy, and fundraising for important playground improvements.

This spring, I invested in my development as a trustee by attending a school funding seminar offered by the Montana School Boards Association. In my brief time as trustee, I’ve worked hard to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective.

Is there something in particular that would like to focus on to improve the school district?

Lone Rock School District needs a strategic plan and vision for both the near term and for the future. I’ll use the tools and techniques I’ve acquired through earning my MA in Organizational Leadership to assist the district with sound, comprehensive planning that informs budget, personnel, facilities and operations management. As a trustee, my role is to clear the path for our administrators, teachers and staff so they can continue to provide an exceptional academic environment for students and an engaging hub for the entire Lone Rock Community.

Wayne Stanford

Age: 68

Employment: Retired educator

Why are you running?

I am running for the Lone Rock School Board because I believe in the excellent education it provides for our students. The Lone Rock School District is the oldest continuously operating school in Montana. It has been a huge part of my life for the past 46 years. Being able to serve on the board allows me to continue to give back to the community that is so important to me.

What makes you the best candidate?

I was a teacher at Lone Rock for 39 years. I represented Lone Rock on the Stevensville Board of Trustees for 22 years. I taught hunters’ safety at Lone Rock for 32 years. I have served in a variety of capacities and positions that have all benefited the Lone Rock School and the Three Mile Community, which include the Lone Rock Community Park Board and the Three Mile Fire District Board and the Three Mile Fire Department. Having served on school boards for 25 years, I have a working knowledge of budgeting and school finance.

Is there something in particular that you would like to focus on to improve the school district?

Providing the best education for our students is essential, preparing them for high school and the workforce of the future. In light of what has been taking place across the country, keeping our students safe is a prime concern. We need to secure our facilities, yet maintain a friendly community atmosphere. My desire is to work diligently and cooperatively with the rest of the board to solve these and other problems that may arise. I would appreciate being able to continue serving the students and families of the Lone Rock School District.

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