President Tyler McGhghy wants to remain on the Keokuk School Board so he can keep working to help students succeed in school and in life.
He is one of four candidates running for three open seats as part of the Sept. 10 election.
McGhghy is completing his tenth year on the board, the last three of which in the top spot.
He says he wants four more years so he can keep the district on its current, positive path and so he can continue working on some large-scale projects.
McGhghy specifically touts the recently-completed multi-million dollar facilities improvement project and the creation of professional learning communities for teachers.
"That has been an overwhelming success and it has basically our driving focus in our school district," says McGhghy, "and that is what is changing the culture and atmosphere of education in Keokuk."
McGhghy says the biggest challenge facing the Keokuk School District is open-enrollment, which allows students from one district to enroll in a neighboring district.
"We are right now losing about 100 students to neighboring school districts," says McGhghy, "and it is something we as a board need to look at."
McGhghy says the board needs to ask parents why they are leaving the Keokuk School District.
He says another priority for him is to improve building security throughout the district.
McGhghy says the role of the Keokuk School Board is to review the data and give teachers what they need to succeed.