By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Carole Jones, 49, is looking for re-election as a school board trustee.
Jones is a self employed business owner of businesses including Pure Bliss Cycle Sales and RadioShack and is a prevalent face in the community. She has been married to Llew Jones for 29 years and has four children.
Jones is involved in the community as a swim team coach, baseball coach, gymnastics board member, Conrad School Board Trustee (elected in 2010), Chamber of Commerce Director, Presbyterian Church Elder and Coalition for Common Sense Use Treasurer.
Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree in computers and other numerous certifications that include Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Cisco Certified.
When asked why she was running for re-election, she replied, “I am running for the school board because I have the background to make a positive difference for the following reasons. I worked as both a teacher and a technology coordinator in Conrad and Cut Bank schools. I have a strong business accounting background that gives me the ability to work with the budget in these tight fiscal times.”
She continued by saying, “I have had and will continue a strong commitment to supporting our schools, education, and the community over the last 20 years.”
She went on to say, “I feel that the Conrad School System does a very good job. My background will allow me to be a member of a strong school board that will continue the tradition of excellence into the future. I support a strong system of transparency and accountability.”
Jones feels that “One of the key issues that continue to confront our area and our school system are the challenges of providing quality education with limited financial resources. The current tough fiscal times combined with often declining enrollments are a tough challenge for public education. I am committed to working hard at making Conrad the best school in the state.”
The trustee/school election will be held May 3. Voters may cast their ballots from noon till 8 p.m. in the CHS commons, 308 S. Illinois.