Sharon Dankenbring is a candidate for the Fort Osage Board of Education. She is running for one of two three-year terms on the board. Dankenbring, 62, is the marketing director for The Examiner.

Sharon Dankenbring is a candidate for the Fort Osage Board of Education. She is running for one of two three-year terms on the board. Dankenbring, 62, is the marketing director for The Examiner. She and her husband, James, have two children – Scott Dankenbring, her daughter-in-law Maria and her granddaughter Kendra and Deanne Edwards, her son-in-law Zack and her granddaughter Emma.



1 What motivated you to run for the Fort Osage Board of Education?

The Fort Osage School District is home to me. I have always believed that it is very important to be involved and give back to the community that we live in. I feel through continuing my service as a good fiscal steward and past experience on the board of education, I can continue to have a positive impact on the education of the children of the Fort Osage School district.



2 How would you address the financial issues facing the school district in the next few years?

The major financial issues the district will be facing in the next few years are that of uncertainty. Even at this point in our budget preparations for the 2010-11 school year, we don’t know if the formula will be fully funded, whether monies will be available for summer school, if transportation and Parents as Teachers will be further reduced, etc. Not knowing so many important pieces of our revenue picture makes planning very difficult.

If re-elected, I will continue to make sound financial decisions while remembering what is important for the children of the Fort Osage School District.



3 Vision 2020 is the district’s long-range development plan. What do you feel the next project should be in the Fort Osage School District? What is the most crucial need?

Phase Two of Vision 2020 was to be enacted in 2011 and called for additional classrooms and upgrades of facilities. Like many things being impacted by the economic downturn, Phase Two will need to be closely reviewed by the board, administration and staff to address building needs as they arise. At this time, I feel the most important priority for the Fort Osage School District is to make certain we maintain the basic instructional programs for a good solid education.



4 What do you see as the most significant challenge for students as they graduate high school and move onto the world of work or post-secondary education?

Certainly job shortages and the rising cost in post-secondary education is a challenge for students as they graduate. That is why it is critical that the Fort Osage School District continue to work toward raising the bar and challenging the students while creating a positive environment to better prepare the children of the Fort Osage School District for the many opportunities after graduation.