There is one thing that Carol Marcks and Sharon Dankenbring share when it comes to their reason for serving on the Fort Osage Board of Education – their love for the district and its students.
Marcks and Dankenbring were the only two people to file for election on the Board of Education this year. Because there were an equal number of people to file as seats open, no election is required. The two will be sworn in during the April board meeting.
Marcks is completing her ninth year on the board of education. She is a retired educator from the Fort Osage School District and has served in multiple leadership roles on the board.
“The financial situation with the state looks like it is getting slightly better,” she said. “We have had to do some cutbacks because of those issues, so it would be nice to serve on the board when we are not having to look at cutbacks.”
Dankenbring was first elected to the board in 1992 and is a retired advertising director for The Examiner. She has previously served as board president and vice president.
“I wanted to run for the board of education again because I really enjoy the community service aspect,” she said. “I live in the Fort Osage School District and because I am now retired, I have more time to devote to community service, including the Board of Education.”
Marcks said she is looking forward to serving on the board for another term and continuing to work to make it a strong school district.
“I love working with the people (of the district), the students and the teachers,” she said. “I think in the next few years, we will be able to move toward becoming an even stronger district. It would be a thrill to be a part of that.”
Dankenbring said one of her primary concerns continues to be the district’s finances and if the state will fully fund the foundation formula, the main funding mechanism for schools. She said the board will also be working with other district leaders to make safety and security upgrades at some of the schools in the next few months.
“Given all that has happened at other schools, we felt like it was extremely important to take a look at all of our buildings to make sure they are as secure and safe as they can be,” Dankenbring said. “I feel like I have had a lot of good experiences in the last 21 years, and I have enjoyed being involved in the school district. I love Fort Osage and love helping in anyway that I can.”