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  • Q&A with new Camdenton school board president

  • Chris McElyea was recently elected by his fellow board members to be the Camdenton R-III School Board President. McElyea was elected to serve for one term as president. His current board term expires April 2015.
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  • Chris McElyea was recently elected by his fellow board members to be the Camdenton R-III School Board President. McElyea was elected to serve for one term as president. His current board term expires April 2015.
    McElyea is a Camdenton native. He graduated from Camdenton High School and went on to earn a Personal Finance degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. After graduating from the University of Missouri, McElyea went on to work for Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks. He is still with the bank and is currently the Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.
    McElyea answered questions from the Lake Sun concerning his upcoming stint of School Board President.
    Lake Sun: How does it feel to be elected as board president by your fellow board members?
    McElyea: It is an honor to be elected and trusted by my fellow board members.
    Lake Sun: What are your goals for the board this upcoming year?
    McElyea: Our number one goal is to continue our excellence in academics and education in a fiscally-fit manner as is our Laker tradition. In addition there are a few other goals I'd like to see us target this upcoming year.
    We as a board must come together and think about kids first. No matter what has happened in the past we have an array of items that we must focus on in the future. Some of them are: the new state and federal accreditation, the new Osage Beach Elementary and the renovation of Hurricane Deck Elementary. We must be forward thinking and plan accordingly.
    With the recent bond issue passing we must start planning this process. These are two very large projects. We as a board must monitor and stay on top of them.
    Lake Sun: What are your thoughts on who was chosen to be your fellow officers?
    McElyea: First of all I would like to thank Nancy Masterson for being our board president for the past two years. She was elected to serve as the Vice President. I believe with her years of experience she will serve as a great asset being Vice President of the board.
    Selynn Barbour will be serving as the Treasurer of the board. This will be her second year serving as the treasurer and with her background of owning her own business and having to be very detailed oriented it will be a pleasure serving with her.
    Lake Sun: What do you think will be the board's biggest challenge this upcoming year?
    McElyea: I see this as more of an opportunity than a challenge, but I would say that it will be the building and remodeling of Osage Beach and Hurricane Deck Elementary. This is an exciting time in our district with the passing of the bond issue. We as board members need to make sure that the kids, teachers and staff of these schools receive the best that we can offer them. We will keep watchful eyes and remain very active in the completion of these two schools.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lake Sun: What are your thoughts on a board retreat that is being planned for sometime this summer? Do you think it will benefit the board? If so, how?
    McElyea: This is something that I view as a must. I believe that if the retreat is taken seriously and people are there for the right reasons it will benefit the board. My expectations coming out of the retreat would be a united board focused on making Camdenton the best school in the state. Thus benefiting the kids, teachers, staff and community.
    Lake Sun: Since you were a current board member who voted to put the recent bond issue on the April ballot. Would you like to say anything to the community about passing the bond issue?
    McElyea: I would like to say, "Thank you very much! Thank you to the community for seeing that the kids in our district had needs and we are now getting to fulfill those needs. While the main focus has been on the Osage Beach and Hurricane Deck Elementary, we must not forget that a portion of the money will be used on the main campus to better secure our buildings. Having two children in the Camdenton School district I do worry about their safety and the safety of all our students, teachers and staff. With the passing of this bond I feel better knowing that our district is going to be a safer and more secure place for us all."
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