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  • School board candidate clarifies response

  • A candidate for Camdenton R-III School Board is clarifying a portion of her biography published in the Lake Sun following questions raised by readers about the accuracy of her statements.
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  • A candidate for Camdenton R-III School Board is clarifying a portion of her biography published in the Lake Sun following questions raised by readers about the accuracy of her statements.
    The week of March 17, Lake Sun staff posed three sets of questions to school board candidates, publishing responses in the Monday, Wednesday and Friday editions.
    In the first set of questions, Lake Sun staff asked each candidate to answer a series of questions for the biography section. The questions included stating their name, where they live in the district, their occupation, education background and if they currently had children in the district. The questions were intended — but not specifically requested — to be answered individually.
    Candidate Mindi Sales responded in paragraph form instead of answering the questions one by one.
    Sales responded, "My name is Mindi Sales and I live in Camelot, which is off of Bear Paw road.  I have lived in the district for 3 and a half years, moving here from my hometown in Iowa. As a child, I spend my summers here.  I am a stay at home mom, raising for my 4 daughters, Natalie, 14, Caroline 12, Lily, 10, and Faith, 8. My husband Todd and I have been married 16 years.  I have a degree in Communications from Iowa State University." 
    For consistency with the other candidates, the Lake Sun staff did not publish the biography as a paragraph, but broke down her response by individual questions.
    Example: Do you currently have children in the district? Natalie, 14, Caroline 12, Lily, 10, and Faith, 8
    Since running Sales' answers, some have asked if Sales was transparent in her response about having children in the district.
    In order to clarify this issue, the Lake Sun asked Sales to define that portion of her biography. She clarified that she has four school-aged children and one of the four attends a Camdenton R-III school.
    "I home school my younger three," Sales said.
    She points to implementing Common Core as to why she pulled her three younger children out of public schools and began homeschooling them this school year.
    "I do not like the Common Core happening in the schools," Sales said before praising the district. "I have zero complaints of Camdenton schools."
    She added that if the legislature gives districts more local control during this session, she will put her students back into the district. If this does not happen and she gets elected to the school board, she said she plans to continue homeschooling.
    "If a mom is lucky enough and willing to homeschool her children, it should be considered an asset," Sales said.
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