West Plains School Board Questionnaires -- Lee Freeman
Name: Lee Freeman
Length of time in district: 12 yrs
Connections to the district: I have a daughter that teaches preschool.
Brief personal bio: My name is Lee Freeman. I have lived in WP since 2003. I work at Ozark Hills Insurance. Married to wife Brenda for 33 yrs. I have three children all have graduated from WP.
Why are you running for school board? I have enjoyed my time on the board. I like working with people to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff, and to provide the best possible education we can.
Do you have an existing relationship with any members of the school board or administration? No
How can the district improve school safety? By continuing to learn.
Are you familiar with Missouri’s Sunshine Law? Yes
What is the most important improvement the district can make to academic performance? Improve literacy.
Should parents/guardians or community stakeholders be concerned about CRT-influenced curricula in West Plains now or in the future? No
In terms of resource allocation, please rank the following topics from most important to least important:
1. Teacher pay
2. School grounds/facilities/maintenance
3. Teacher job satisfaction
4. Existing academic programs
5. New academic programs
Does introducing a school uniform to R-VII school make sense for the district? Why or why not? We have a school dress code and as long it is followed I feel we are just fine.
What does R-VII do better than anybody else? Take care of kids in all aspects.
If school choice becomes law, how will you compete for students to choose this district? By telling students and parents what we have to offer at R7.
For incumbents: What are you most proud of during your time on the school board? I don’t think I can single out one specific thing, but I would have to say I have been fortunate to work with some incredible people both on the board and our administrators. We may not all agree on issues but we all strive to do what is best for our kids, staff, and our community.