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Candidates for Allen School Board

February 11th is an important day for the Allen Schools and the local community.  This will be election day for the position on the Allen Board of Education and all registered voters are encouraged to get out and vote.

Three locals registered for the position: incumbent Chad Goodson, Barbara McPherson and Joe Bailey.

Chad Goodson has served on the Board since June 2013 when he was appointed to replace a retiring member.  Chad has lived his entire live in Allen, graduating from AHS in 2001.  He and his wife, Keisha, have two children and both Brogen, age 7, and Khloe, age 4, are students in the Allen system.

Chad attended Eastern Oklahoma State College, and has worked as a Wildlife Specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for the past eight years.

He stated his goals as a desire to improve the public education Allen provides by integrating new technologies that will assist students to succeed academically.  “If elected, I plan to continue to work with the other board members to improve and maintain a safe and productive learning environment for our children.”

Barbara McPherson moved to Allen from Tulsa 11 years ago and makes her home in Black Addition.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, and worked for 9 years in the Okmulgee school system, 20 years for the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, and 9 years for the CCA Davis prison in Holdenville.

Barbara lists her goals by noting the state grading system in which the local elementary received a “C” and the high school an “A.”  “Teacher and parental participation is needed at all levels of education.  Obesity is at an epidemic level in this country and we need to give our young people an opportunity to learn about better food choices to give them an opportunity for a healthier life.  And students going to Allen schools have been bullied, starting at the elementary level.  This type of activity needs to be eliminated.”

Joe Bailey is a graduate of Byng High School, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from East Central University in 1987.  He and his wife of 34 years, Debra, have a 22-year old daughter, Kristi, of Ada, and their son Jonathan, 14, attends Allen Schools as an 8th grader.

Since 1996, Joe has worked for Legal Shield in Ada, in their Information Technology Department.  During the late 80s and early 90s, he was employed by Halliburton, Duncan, within their IT department.  From there he went Compuware Corporation in Colorado Springs before returning to the Allen area.  From 2004 to 2009, he was a member of the Pontotoc County Fair Board, serving a portion of that time as secretary.

Joe stated, “I have grown up in this area and had a brother and sister who attended Allen schools; my son Jonathan attends there now.  I want to see the many great aspects of our school continue but at the same time I want to see us reaching for new accomplishments and improvements.  Supporting our administration and faculty to refine and improve our academics, sports and all our programs, would be my goal.  Aiding the improvement of our kids’ education is important to me.  To improve their education means to improve the rest of their lives.  It takes people who are involved, who will work with our administration and faculty to improve and add to the educational product of our school.  I would appreciate the opportunity to help all the students of Allen Schools by serving on our school board.”

All polling places in the Allen District will be open on February 11th so voters will cast ballots at their regular locations.

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