Thursday, March 24th, was the last day for candidates for the Havre School Board to get their petitions filed with the clerk of schools for the May 3rd election. We are told that current board members Curtis Smeby and Darlene Bricker have filed for another term. We are getting conflicting reports as to whether board member Cindy Erickson has filed but we do have at least one new-comer to add to the mix. Pastor Curt from the Assembly of God Church has decided to throw his hat in the ring and sent the following letter to his friends and congregation.
Today I turned in my paperwork to run as a candidate for school board member - district #16. I would appreciate your vote for me at the school board election on May 4th, 2011. I am running as an "Independent" because, at the present time, there is no such party as "Republicrat." I am Republican as to moral values and absolutes, like Pro-Life...
With regards to economics and issues where there are no absolute moral 'rights' and 'wrongs' - I like to weigh the issue out, with no regard as to whether the solution presented originates from a Republican or Democratic source...
I have a vested interest in our school system. My sons, Sam and Matt, attend school at Havre High School. My oldest daughter is a Concordia College graduate, teaching choir and Spanish. My daughter, Kimmi, is training to become an English teacher.I am in favor of the public school system (I also am in favor of home schools.) I desire for our public schools to provide a great scholastic education for our children --- reading, writing, arithematic. I do not desire for our public schools to take the place of parents in teaching children morals, sexual orientation, etc.
I believe we are to be good stewards of whatever money is made available. If that involves making budget cuts at times, so be it - but let's be careful not to "cut off our nose to spite our face." I admit that I am a novice when it comes to school board issues. I do not claim to be able to do a better job as a school board member than anyone else. I only promise to do the best job that I can do for you.
With that in mind, please make me aware of your concerns and ideas; I will do my best to represent you and your children well.
Thank you for your time in reading this e-mail. Thank you for possibly voting for me on May 4th, 2011.
If you will vote for me, will you please share this e-mail with a likeminded friend or two, who would do the same... I am not soliciting any campaign funds, nor will I do so. I am totally depending on God's will and your word of mouth for any publicity.
Appreciating Public Schools & Working to see them operate at optimum levels,
Edroy "CURT" Curtis; School Board Candidate - District #16