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Liberty School Board election, 3-year position

Updated: 2013-03-18T04:40:21Z


Special to The Star

Incumbent D. Scott Connor and and four other candidates — Andrew Roffmann, Bruce Cantwell, James Freed and Mike Capria — are vying for two open positions on the Liberty School Board on the April 2 ballot.

Connor and Roffman both talked about the importance of getting more technology in the Liberty School District classrooms.

Cantwell said focusing on teacher retention was important, especially considering the district’s continued growth.

Freed would like to see money from programs like Headstart be redirected toward the district for a district-wide early childhood education program.

Capria did not answer questions.

In addition to new board members, Liberty will be undergoing another leadership change in the coming months. Deputy Superintendent John Jungmann will take over as superintendent this summer.

D. Scott Connor

Age: 49

Address: 9005 N.E. 92nd Terrace, Kansas City

Occupation: Semi-retired after more than 20 years in a corporate career with American Century Investments, Aventis Pharmaceuticals and the Federal Reserve System.

Education: Master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst College; bachelor of science degree from Park College.

Public experience: Elected to the Liberty school board in 2010.

Website: www.vote4conner.com

Stances: Conner said the district needs to push for innovations in the way it does business and in how it uses technology in its classrooms. He’d also like to see more “real world business” included in the curriculum. Conner said the district’s biggest challenge is balancing an increase in students served while revenues are decreasing.

M. Andrew Roffmann

Age: 43

Address: 20 Camelot Place, Liberty

Occupation: Attorney and owner at The Roffmann Law Office, LLC

Education: Law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University.

Public experience: A member of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce.

Website: On Facebook, “Elect Andy Roffmann To Liberty School Board”

Stances: One of his priorities is making sure that Liberty keeps pace with other school districts with regard to pay scale so the district can retain teachers and staff. Another priority is more use of technology as a learning and teaching tool. He wants to see high schools with one-to-one technology and online curriculum options.

Bruce Cantwell

Age: 39

Address: 711 S. Prairie Street, Liberty

Occupation: Social worker in the Liberty schools.

Education: Master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University; bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Park University.

Public experience: N/A

Website: N/A

Stances: Cantwell said one of the biggest challenges facing the district is financing. He also wants to focus on keeping quality teachers in the district, especially as student numbers continue to go up as well as the need for more schools. Cantwell said if he had to make budget cuts, he’d likely want to start from the top up — at the administrative level — and work his way down if necessary.

James Freed

Age: 60

Address: 1309 Wellington Way, Liberty

Occupation: Digital analysis for Northrop Grumman.

Education: Master’s of divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; bachelor’s degree in Bible studies from Southwest Baptist University.

Public experience: N/A

Website: N/A

Stances: Believes funding for programs such as Headstart would be better spent on early childhood education within the district. He’s interested in moving away from an age-based model when it comes to grade placement . He supports state legislation that would allow school boards to hold closed meetings about school safety measures.

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