Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of four stories profiling the candidates for the R-6 Board of Education.
By DEVIN R. NEGRETE
(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Adam Horn has lived in Warrensburg for 14 years, has three children who attend school in the R-6 District and teaches public relations at the University of Central Missouri.
Horn is one of four candidates who have filed for three available seats on the board. Also on the April 8 ballot are Gary Grigsby, Lisa Dyer and Ed Wirthwein.
Horn earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri and has been teaching since 2005.
“I can bring compassion for what our educators go through in this community,” Horn said. “As an educator, I know some of the same things that they have to deal with.”
He said he understands the steps needed to prepare students for college.
“We see a lot of similar issues that they deal with at the elementary and the secondary education level, and I get some of those at the higher education level,” Horn said. “I can bring some of that knowledge that the faculty and staff are experiencing to the school board.”
Not only can he bring his experience as an educator but also as a public relations professional.
“In my professional life, I do service and I truly enjoy serving other people,” Horn said. “I‘ve been the booster club president the past year and a half and, in that capacity, it is my role to serve our school district and the people in our school district on behalf of our athletic programs.”
Horn said he wants to bring more leadership to the board.
“We’ve got a lot of good people on the school board now, some of them are rotating off, but leadership is the big thing,” he said. “I think we need people on the school board that will and can make tough decisions.”
Horn said he could help generate ideas on how to meet students’ needs.
“We have students that need more help than others and there are some students that are fairly advanced,” Horn said. “Trying to help all of those different types of students along the way, I think, presents some great opportunities.”
He said it is important to maintain high standards in the district.
“We need to make sure those students are getting the quality education the district is known for,” Horn said. “The district has gotten marks from the state that this is a district of distinction and we need to keep that going. There are a lot of good things the district does, but I think we need to take the next logical step.”