The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local Schools

August 29, 2013

Squaring Off: Clinton School Board candidates participate in forum


“I don’t see that change in curricula is the way to do things. I think curricula needs to evolve on an annual basis and as our environment changes we need to stay abreast of what is coming down the pipeline,” Obren said. “Bottom line: we need to always evolve, not necessarily change.”

In order to get a better handle on the budget, the board should look at ways to reduce the amount of students who open enroll out of the district, he said.


Sullivan-Pope is running for her second term on the Clinton School Board. She currently serves as the vice president and said if she is re-elected she looks forward to continuing the collaborative work the school board has already undertaken.

The life-long Clinton resident was compelled to run because of her desire to be involved in her son’s education as well as the district’s other students. During the forum she emphasized the weight of other parents getting involved.

“As a parent I encourage all parents to get involved in their child’s education. I can’t stress how important that is,” she said.

When asked if she would like to see any changes in the district, Sullivan-Pope said she believes the district is headed in the right direction with every child learning, although it might be at their own pace. She echoed an idea from Gettes to have students get involved in a volunteer activity and added she would like to see legislative change related to open enrollment.

In her four years on the board she has worked to garner support for the district’s academic and other activities, an important mission of a school board member, she said.

“I think the candidates that should get your support are those that will do their best to meet the needs of our schools, to work with our staff to find a vision for the future of public education in Clinton and rally public support to make the vision a reality,” she said.

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