CRESCENT — Two Crescent residents are vying for the open seat on the school board in Tuesday's election.
Lloyd Jones and Ginger Collins seek to replace Sherri Pickle on the Crescent School Board for a five-year term.
“I was asked by the citizens to run for school board,” Collins said. “I am interested in education in our community.”
Collins cited low test scores as her chief reason for running. The school's overall test scores were a “C” and below, she said, referring to the state Department of Education report cards.
In 2013, the school district report was a D-minus, the elementary school received a D-minus, the middle school an F and the high school a C. In the prior year, the school's overall grade and those of the individual schools were Cs, according to the state website.
“I am concerned where we are today,” Collins said.
Collins has children and grandchildren who attended Crescent schools. She also has an adult child who is a teacher and another adult child who has taught school previously.
“It's a group effort to get a child educated,” Collins said.
Children learn through different means and methods, she said. Collins said she wants to know how the current administration is handling the teaching directives.
An emergency room nurse for 20 years, Collins served a five-year term on the Crescent School Board from 2000 to 2005 and a half-year before that when a seat was vacated.
Jones said his main goal if elected is to get parents more involved in the school.
“One thing we are lacking in the school is parental involvement,” Jones said.
The schools are going through difficult financial times with cutbacks, he said.
“We have to figure out a plan with parents on how to get through this difficult time,” Jones said.
Some teachers have up to 30 students, and one plan would have parents help in the classroom as aides, he said.
“I have been approached by parents saying they need someone like me,” Jones said.
He also has two children in the school system.
Jones, a lifelong farmer, said he has lived on the same 88-acre tract of land for 42 years. He also is employed with Natural Gas Midstream in Crescent.
The school is the largest employer in the community, he said.
Crescent is in Logan County, about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. There are 671 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, school officials said.