Meet the Candidates

The Booster asked the same three questions to each candidate running for one of the three open positions on the Scott County School District 2 Board of Education. The staff chose the questions to ask based on what The Booster staff felt were the top three issues facing SHS and the district and would be important to students.

Scott County School District 2, Johnson Township

William Best

Background: William Best worked at SMS for 11 years. He was the elementary sports coordinator for 14 years, along with coaching basketball, track and volleyball for many years. “SCSD2 has a lot of great people and SCSD2 has been great to me and my family,” Best said.

Why I chose to run: “I spoke out last year about some issues within the school, and I said if I ever got a chance to help be a part of solutions, and have a chance to support SCSD2, I would do it. Now here we are, I have my chance, and I’m going to make the most of it. I appreciate everyone’s support and my ears are always open to anyone that needs them.”

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: People always want to build more gyms, but at SCSD2, we do not need more basketball courts. We are very fortunate to have what we have, with many goals. The biggest obstacle the district and community has to overcome is funding to support these wants and needs. We have to work together (schools & community) to achieve this. We need facilities to give each activity their own respected place to practice and perform. If SCSD2 can build an auditorium at SHS, Concert Band, Choir, Drama Club, Student Council, Newspaper and other Activities/Clubs would have a well-deserved place to perform and practice. We would also be able to hold events. I believe we could benefit from a facility building to give Wrestling, Winter guard, Archery, Cheerleaders places to practice and perform. Sadly, right now, we are asking these amazing groups to adapt and make do with what we have to offer, which more times than not is a wooden basketball court. Football, Baseball, Soccer, Softball have made great strides, and our HS AD is doing a great job getting their fields looking great. Golf is fortunate to have a local golf course. Our swimming is suffering and we need to find a way to obtain and maintain a swimming pool for them. I’ve always said if SCSD1 and SCSD2 could work together, swimming could possibly get what they need quicker. 

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: Absolutely, SHS needs an auditorium. Anyone who has listened to our Band and Choir, or who has watched a performance put on by our Drama Club, knows what we have at our school, is well-taught, supported groups of students and teachers that are missing out. Our school and community is missing out. As for anything when it comes to creating or fixing something, the question is how do we put this to reality, how do we afford it? I believe the first step is to show everyone how everyone could benefit from an Auditorium, both the school district and community. 

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: Virtual Wednesday’s was created for 4 of 6 schools to allow teachers time to prepare for online lessons. Sadly, due to COVID, our teachers are having to double their work with classes being both in person, and at home. Ideally, students need to be in the classroom for their education, but it’s known that some families are unable to do that during this time for numerous reasons. The two schools that elected to stav in class all 5 days, due to their setup with class sizes, teacher aides and other assistance, are able to get the time they need to juggle both a little better. I’m not sure if virtual Wednesdays will continue, as our current Administration and school board will be looking at it again soon. It’s a hard balance to do what’s best for all involved at this time, with students’ needs, teachers needs and parents needs. Anytime something new comes across our lives like this, there will be a learning stage and a forever changing motion to keep up with the unknown that lies ahead. SCSD2, our community and others have been doing the best they can and I appreciate all the extra work being put in by Parents, Teachers, Students, Administration, Cooks, Custodians, Bus drivers, Aides, Coaches and additional support staff.

Scott County School District 2, Finley Township

Sarah White Broady

Background: While a classroom teacher at SCSD2, Sarah White Broady taught grades 2, 3, 4, and 7. She also spent years as a case manager at the Department of Child Services and now licensed foster homes in Scott County. “These experiences, along with my teaching career, has led to a greater understanding in knowing the needs of our students can extend well beyond the textbook,” she said. “I will work hard to make sure our schools remain safe and inviting places for our children to grow and learn. My husband and I are lifelong residents of Scott County and are proud to live and work here. This community has a lot to offer our children and their families, and I would like to continue to play a role in bettering our school systems for them. I have been working with youth in various capacities for the past eighteen years and will continue to advocate for children in both my personal and professional life.”

Why I chose to run: “Our SCSD2 educators work diligently to make positive impacts for our district’s students. As an experienced educator, I have seen firsthand the challenges our teachers face, and it is important that there is someone on the board who understands those challenges. I have dedicated my life to the education and well-being of children in this county. My goal is to use my experiences inside and outside of the classroom to help our district progress forward.”

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I would be a strong supporter of adding sports facilities to our district. A pool is needed so that our swim team doesn’t have to try to use other locations to practice. A gymnasium for our basketball players would be a benefit to them, as well as the family and community members who  support them. As a former athlete in my own educational journey, I know how much these programs can enrich and motivate students to be their best self. These programs often open doors for opportunities that students would have not had otherwise.

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: An auditorium is needed so that our drama and band programs can have higher quality performances and better acoustics. As a former and band member in my own educational journey, I know how much these programs can enrich and motivate students to be their best self. These programs often open doors for opportunities that students would have not had otherwise.

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: At the last board meeting held on Oct. 27, each building’s principal made very valid points on why virtual learning is working for each school. I am very impressed with the perseverance that every single staff member in the SCSD2 district has shown, and how committed they are to making Virtual Wednesdays a success. All principals reported that Virtual Wednesdays have been successful and they would like to continue with them. I am in support of the decision to continue with Virtual Wednesdays.

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Kenneth (Ken) Dale McMichael

Background: Kenneth McMichael retired from SHS in 2008 where he taught agriculture. He returned to teaching at SHS in 2012 as a part-time ag teacher until 2016.  He also farms (raise sheep), owns a small feed business and holds an auctioneer license.  When teaching, McMichael was a CTA member and officer, currently serving on the county Farm Bureau Board since 1999 (president for 12 years) and am Chairman of the Indiana Wool and Lamb Marketing Development Council.  In the past, he has served on the Ind. Vo-Ag teachers advisory committee, Indiana Sheep Breeders Association Board and the Indiana Young Farmers Advisory Board.

Why I chose to run: “I want our students to have a quality education from quality teachers so that they can go on to college or enter the job market well prepared. I believe that Agriculture, Vocational Education, common sense, thrift and fairness need a voice on the school board.”

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I agree these things would be nice to have but the main problem is how to pay for them.  At this time I have no access to the school finances and  no way of knowing if there are funds to build these things. You have listed two major building projects: a pool and a gym.  To build all two would take a big increase in property taxes and a lot of public support. If the public supports a tax increase, then I would support their choice, however I am not in favor of forcing a tax increase on the property owners in Scott District 2.  In reality I feel that somewhere by some one a choice will have to be made on which project to proceed with.

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I agree this would be nice to have but the main problem is how to pay for it.  At this time I have no access to the school finances and no way of knowing if there are funds to build this. The pool would take a large increase in property taxes and a lot of public support. If the public supports a tax increase, then I would support their choice, however I am not in favor of forcing a tax increase on the property owners in Scott District 2.  In reality I feel that somewhere by some one a choice will have to be made on which project to proceed with.

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I am not a fan of virtual learning but I realize that it is a necessity in our present environment.  The “Wednesday” thing I feel should be left up to each school to govern.  No two schools are the same, every school has a different set of circumstances and one rule may not fit all schools.

Jean M. Robbins

Background: Jean M. Robbins moved to Scott County when she married Kelly Robbins in 1978, sending two children to SCSD2 schools, and presently has two grandchildren enrolled in Vienna Finley. 

Why I chose to run: “I have learned the value of civic duty over the years, impressed by the commitment of my husband and his family and their roles in various elected county government positions. Upon my husband’s death in 2018, I was appointed to complete his final 10 month term as a County Commissioner and realized I enjoyed working with others in giving back to the community. I also have had the privilege of serving on numerous community, state, and national organizations in various leadership roles. “

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I look forward to listening to students, parents, and the community concerning the need for additional sports facility space. SCSD2 has a history of creatively scheduling facility space to accommodate the growing sport choices for students.  Obviously funding availability would also weigh heavily on future prospects for the expansion of present sport facility space.

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I am always interested in improving school infrastructure that enhances the education experience for students.  Research validates the positive impact that arts have on improving brain function and test scores.  However, we still come back to the reality of the need for adequate funding.  I am a complete novice to school funding, but if elected, I am especially interested in learning more about Indiana’s school funding formula and exploring creative budget options for addressing the SCSD2 wish list.

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: The expanded e-learning options, including virtual Wednesdays, have been in effect for four weeks.  My understanding is that each of the SCSD2 elementary schools, middle school, and high school have implemented unique tweaks in expanding e-learning opportunities and have witnessed positive results.  COVID has forced us all to become more flexible and discover new ways of operating that may need to continue beyond the end of the present worldwide pandemic. 

Scott County School District 2, Vienna Township

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Holly Peacock Armstrong

Background: “Growing up in Scottsburg, Indiana, was a good thing,” Holly Peacock Armstrong said. Armstrong has two sons who graduated from Scottsburg Senior High School and one that is attending now that is a sophomore. She am an advocate for kids and young adults. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1989. Armstrong taught first grade in Ridgeland Elementary School in Ridgeland, South Carolina from November 1992 – Spring 1996. “[I] moved back to Scottsburg, Indiana, and I am a former preschool teacher/childcare manager of Kids Place. I am presently employed by New Hope Services, Inc. as an Employment Specialist helping people that have different abilities achieve employment and help them maintain their jobs within the community,” she said.

Why I chose to run: “It’s a small city where everyone knows you. You smile when you see someone regardless whether you know them or not. You wave at people when you see them walking down the street. Hometown hospitality is a great thing, You achieve goals as you get older. Some things you just want more. I have decided as a former Warriorette basketball manager/Band of warriors member/Member of the Graduation Class of 1984 to run for Scott County District 2 School Board. My entire adult life has consisted of helping children and young adults. I feel that I would be a good voice for the children/young adults in Scott County School District.”

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: A sports facility would be a good addition to Scott County School District 2. We need to look into the budget and determine if there are funds available for this project.

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer:  I believe that Scott School District 2 would highly benefit from having an auditorium. Again, we would need to look into whether funds are available to make his happen.

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: As a parent of a student at Scottsburg High, I believe that E-learning Wednesday’s are a good thing. This helps the teachers plan for the days in class and helps  the children that they have doing E-learning as a whole. It was discussed at the board meeting that E-learning  Wednesdays will continue through December for now. 

Rick Zollman

Background: “Lifelong resident of Scottsburg. Graduate of Scottsburg. Works for Scott County School District 2 for 35 years. I can count the board meetings I have missed on one hand. Feel like I’m ready for the job right now,” Rick Zollman said.

Why I chose to run: “My agenda is to make a better school for kids, and a better workplace for all the staff! Basically better school for all!”

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: Agree with you and hope it can be financially possible.

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer:  It would be very nice, but once again it has to be financially possible to get that!

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: I think we need to definitely be doing something to help the teachers and kids during e-learning days.

Lee Anne Hahn

Background: Lee Anne Hahn is a lifelong Scott County resident, a 1985 graduate of Scottsburg High School, a 1989 Hanover College graduate, a 2004 Ball State graduate for my Masters in Education and currently teaching at Austin High School for her 21st school year. She also spent 18 years on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters (both locally and our tri-county executive board membership) with many terms serving as board President. Hahn has spent my life from a youth to present being involved with children from babysitting to teacher. “The youth of Scott County are our future and I want them to have the best. I feel I will be able to help our community and school district continue to work together with the best interest of our youth in mind,” she said.

Why I chose to run: “I would like to have an opportunity to serve my community, especially our youth. Supporting parents, students and teachers.”

Question 1: As a school highly invested in sports, it is essential for players to have somewhere to practice, to improve. Swimmers need a pool just like wrestlers need a mat. Football, soccer, and golf players need a field just as much as volleyball, tennis, and basketball players need a gym or a court. With all these being said, we need a pool here at SHS and somewhere for the basketball players to practice. It’s been discussed in the past about making a gym by the middle school. What are your thoughts on making sports facilities for SHS? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: Regarding the pool, gym and an auditorium, I understand the need for these facilities and I also understand that a pool or a new gym would be projects that would each run in the 100’s of thousands of dollar range.  Regardless of understanding the need for these projects, the final decision would come down to what the community as a whole wants to support with their taxes and donated funds along with many other financial factors that I have not had an opportunity to look into.

Question 2: It’s been highly looked at in the past and mentioned quite a bit that SHS does not have an auditorium. Drama, band, and choir have all mentioned it would be to their best benefit to have an auditorium here. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer:  Regarding the pool, gym and an auditorium, I understand the need for these facilities and I also understand that a pool or a new gym would be projects that would each run in the 100’s of thousands of dollar range.  Regardless of understanding the need for these projects, the final decision would come down to what the community as a whole wants to support with their taxes and donated funds along with many other financial factors that I have not had an opportunity to look into.

Question 3: Will virtual Wednesdays continue? What are your thoughts about Virtual Wednesdays? It’s been discussed that the elementary and middle schools don’t need them, but the high school has shown significantly less Fs as a whole. (Click the arrow to see response)

Answer: For virtual Wednesdays, I feel that the current board is keeping a close watch on the need for this and are listening to their teachers and principals regarding how this hybrid learning is going.  Even as a teacher, I can’t make a call currently on what I think because there hasn’t been another conversation with the public & staff about how this is currently working out.  I do feel that the decision to implement this hybrid learning was well thought out and allowed each of the schools to be able to do what was best for their teachers and students as well as providing assistance to families to make this situation work for everyone involved.

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