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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • School Board Candidates

  • The candidates are running against one another for two available positions on the Macon R-I School Board. If elected, they will be serving a term of three years. The election takes place on April 2.
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  • Phil Bray:
    Personal background:
    I am 35 years old. I am the Lead Pastor of Macon First Baptist Church. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Hannibal LaGrange University. Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
    Family Information:
    I am the son of Tom and Robbie Bray of Warrenton. My wife Stephanie and I are the parents of four children: Ethan, Seth, Genesis, and Jonathan Bray
    Interests & Hobbies:
    My interests include reading, writing, racquetball and hiking. I like to study history, theology and archeology.
    Why are you seeking a position on the Macon R-1 School Board of Education?
    I feel that the school will be a huge influence upon my children. I want to be an influence in the school for the good of my children. Public school is sometimes used to push a cultural agenda and I wish to safeguard the school from that and steer it toward providing a solid academic education for all students.
    What do you feel is the most important issues that the Macon Board of Education must address over the next year?
    I have never served on this school board or any other board and so I am not sure what issues will be brought to the table for discussion. I hope to provide a biblical worldview that can speak to whatever issue arises.
    How do you intend to help the district remain in financial security if elected?
    To help the district remain in financial security I would listen and learn how the school functions and then try to see areas in which we can reduce unnecessary spending while looking for ways to increase revenue.
    What do you feel are the greatest challenges in education today?
    The greatest challenge to education in this country is the focus on social experimentation and conformity to secular radical minority views. Instead of teaching our children academics we seem more interested in stripping them of a biblical worldview and replacing it with a politically correct view of life.
    Joe Claypoole:
    Personal background:
    I am 54 years old. I graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976 and was a student at the Macon Vocational School in Ag Business and Welding. I am the owner of Claypoole Construction.
    Family Information:
    I am the son of Cambre and Doris Claypoole. I am married to Kay Claypoole and have four children and two grandchildren; David Claypoole and his wife Janelle Claypoole, their children Mackenzie and Maddison Claypoole, Krista Bruno and her husband John L. Bruno, Ryan Claypoole and Eric Claypoole.
    Page 2 of 3 - Interests & Hobbies:
    My interests and hobbies include coaching summer league baseball, hunting and fishing with my children and for the past 30 years I have enjoyed being involved in Truck and Tractor pulling by participating with my 4X4 pulling truck. I also enjoy having a small cattle operation with my two youngest sons and am assisting my oldest son with the operation of the Randolph County Raceway.
    Why are you seeking a position on the Macon R-1 School Board of Education?
    I have a son and granddaughter currently attending Macon R-1. I have a vested interest in ensuring that kids today are receiving the best education possible through classroom instruction and school sponsored extracurricular activities and programs. I want to make sure that we continue to provide quality education in core classes and in vocational programs.
    What do you feel is the most important issues that the Macon Board of Education must address over the next year?
    One important thing the Macon Board of Education must address is keeping up with technology for both our students and teachers. We need to ensure we are giving our students the technological education and tools to keep up with their peers once they graduate from Macon R-1.
    How do you intend to help the district remain in financial security if elected?Just like every other business, organization and public entity, there are increasing concerns with financial security and Macon R-1 is no exception. My hope is to find a balance between helping students obtain their full potential from classroom instruction and school sponsored programs while keeping unnecessary expenses to a bare minimum.
    What do you feel are the greatest challenges in education today?
    A challenge in education today is having the financial security to offer the programs that are essential to student growth and development. We live in an ever changing world. Students do not learn in the same way as past generations. We must continually change and adapt to the new and ever changing ways students learn to keep them engaged
    Jerry Martie:
    Personal background:
    I am 67 years old. I am a retired teacher and coal miner. I taught for 17 years at Moberly, Salisbury and Bevier. After retiring, I taught part-time for two years at New Cambria and taught the summer Driver Education program for four years at Macon R-I. I received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University). I have 21 semester hours toward a Masters of Business Administration Degree from William Woods University.
    Family Information:
    My wife is Patricia Ann (Burk) Martie. We have two children: Jason Martie of Macon and Jacquelyn Clifton of St. Louis. We have five grandchildren: Mickey, Sophia and Paisley Martie and Mattie and Drake Clifton. My parents were the late John Sr. and Mary Martie of Bevier.
    Page 3 of 3 - Interests & Hobbies:
    I enjoy sporting events of all kinds and attending games. The only one in which I still participate is golf. I try to attend Cardinals games when I can. In the summer, we spend a lot of time at the lake skiing and tubing with the grandkids. My main hobby is taking care of cattle and raising calves.
    Why are you seeking a position on the Macon R-1 School Board of Education?
    My entire immediate family are teachers and married to teachers. I have two grandchildren attending Macon R-I and a third will soon be attending. Education and schools have been a way of life for me and my family which I believe would make me a valuable asset to the board.
    What do you feel is the most important issues that the Macon Board of Education must address over the next year?
    Funding is usually a dominant factor. The State has not fully funded Missouri schools since they revised the funding formula. Classroom size, retaining quality teachers, and sustaining adequate facilities are also major concerns. Addressing these concerns should allow our district to maintain accreditation well above the state average.
    How do you intend to help the district remain in financial security if elected?
    While teaching , I taught units on economics for 11 years. My education reflects 21 semester hours toward an MBA Degree. I owned and operated my own business for five years and currently have a small cattle operation. I have made financially sound decisions to facilitate their operations and will do the same for the district.
    What do you feel are the greatest challenges in education today?
    Our biggest challenge is insuring all children are provided the opportunity for quality education that will allow them to be successful in life. I believe in the total education of a child; intellectual, physical, emotional and social. By offering a quality education, our students should be successful whatever their endeavors.
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