Three run for 2 Holt Schools seats

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By Heather Hoffmeyer
Holt Journal staff writer

HOLT—Three candidates are running for two seats on the Holt School Board. The candidates are James (Jim) Erwin Pierce, Jeana McKee and Lori Murphy. The seats are for four years.

McKee and Murphy are incumbents.

Jeana McKee is running for her third term on the board. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and teaching at Western Michigan University. She said she prides herself on being a full-time stay-at-home mother to her seven children.

McKee serves on three board different committees. She is the chairwoman of the curriculum committee, and is on the technology committee as well as the transportation and safety committee.

“My passion for education is infectious,” McKee said. “Our family has a great reputation within the Holt community and people within our community know I am always willing to listen and will take action when necessary.”

Lori Murphy said, “I would love to serve another term on the Holt School Board and would appreciate your vote for the Moms Making A Difference: Lori Murphy and Jeana McKee.”

Murphy is chairwoman of the Policy Committee, and a member of the curriculum committee and the transportation and safety committee. Murphy also serves as the Holt Schools representative on board of directors for the Ingham Intermediate School District.

Murphy has been on the board for eight years and said she hopes to continue to do what is best for students. She is administrative assistant to the president at Lansing Community College.

“I think one of the qualities I can bring to the board is connection to higher education,” Murphy said.

Challenger Jim Pierce received his master’s degree in special education from Western Michigan University. He is a former teacher with extensive community involvement.

Pierce is a youth coach, Cub Scout leader, mentor and helper of the homeless. In a question-and-answer session with the Lansing State Journal, Pierce said he does not believe the schools are doing enough to help students.

“Many of our students struggle through inattention to their legitimate individual educational and behavioral needs,” Pierce said. “A distorted over-emphasis on standardized testing often results in the abandonment or expulsion of those deemed incapable of delivering the MEAP scores for their reporting schools.”

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