Five people are running for three seats on the Grain Valley Board of Education.

Five people are running for three seats on the Grain Valley Board of Education.

The candidates for the April 5 election are incumbents Phil Hutchinson and Jan Reding along with Anthony Alexander, Jeff Coleman and Kevin Quinn. John Pauley, the third incumbent, is not seeking re-election. Terms are for three years.

Hutchinson has served on the board for 10 years. He has previously served as board president, and he is self-employed. Both of his children are graduates of Grain Valley High School.

“I enjoy giving back to the community and using my experience to help the school district,” he said of his decision to run for another term. “I think there is a lot of uncertainty the district is facing, and my qualifications could be a benefit.”

Reding is completing her fourth term on the board and is vice-president. She spent 37 years as manager of the Power and Light Building in Kansas City before retiring in 1994. She is active in the Grain Valley community through involvement in organizations such as the Grain Valley Historical Society and the Grain Valley Assistance Council and is a volunteer at the Monterey Park Nursing Center. She has one son, a graduate of Grain Valley High School, and three granddaughters.

“It is important on any board to have seasoned members that have not only experienced the activities and transactions of the past, but have had a working participation in the short and long-term goals of that organization,” she said. “I believe I have this experience and this knowledge in making policy, in expanding and maintaining our district facilities, and in assuring that our district is financially sound.”

Alexander is a supervisor for a local heating and cooling company. All three of his children attend Grain Valley schools. He said his decision to run was easy because he wanted to become involved in the decision-making process.

“I would like to see what happens on the other side of the fence, such as how they come to some of their decisions,” he said. “I want to give back to the community and help to get things done.”

Coleman believes his work as a financial adviser for Waddell and Reed will be beneficial to the board. He is actively involved with the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce. He has seven children. One of his children is a 2010 graduate of Grain Valley High School, while five of the others are enrolled in Grain Valley schools. This is the second time he has run for a seat on the board.

“I want to be more involved in the process because my kids are in school,“ he said. “I feel like there have been some things going on that I haven’t agreed with, and I want to try to lend my expertise to the process. I realize the school district is having hard times with funding from the state level, and I feel I could be a benefit.”

Quinn is the circulation director for the Daily Star Journal in Warrensburg, Mo. He has two sons, a 2007 graduate of Grain Valley High School and a current freshman at the high school. He ran for a seat on the board in 2010, but narrowly lost the election.

“I have been in the district for a long time and feel like I have the experience necessary to serve,” he said. “I would like to serve on the board in order to help the district with issues regarding to overcrowding and funding and feel like my leadership and experience dealing with budgets would be a help.”