By Rachel coleman
• Leader & Times
EDITOR’S NOTE: Candidate Tony Whisenant preferred to write his own statement rather than answer the standardized questionaire used in previous school board interviews.
Tony R. Whisenant was born in Liberal, Kan.; graduated from Liberal High School; has two kids attending Liberal High School now; and a daughter who works as a para for the school system.
I’ve entered the school board race as an advocate for the taxpayer; and my message is rather simple. I will not vote for any budget that will raise taxes; I will not vote for any bond issue that will raise taxes; and I will not vote to put a bond issue before the people during my term as a member of the school board, as that has already been done, and the people have already spoken on the matter.
I am a person who believes that the federal government has no business interfering with the educational programs of the school system of any state; and if the federal government is to provide any money to the school systems of any state, then it should let the school systems of those states decide how that money is to be spent, rather than dictate to them programs which, in the end, may be more costly than what they are worth, and do more damage than they do good.
I believe in transparency in government; and that no taxpayer should have to resort to using the Freedom of Information Act in order to gain access to what is his as a taxpaying owner of the public school system.
When it comes to the students, I believe they should be treated with all fairness within the school system; and that their views and concerns should be heard when reasonable; and that if we are to move toward any changes in the curriculum, it should be toward a curriculum that best equips them for survival in today’s job market, gives them a prime understanding of their responsibilities to society, and any freedoms we may have left in the future.