Letter to Editor

Staff reports

Dear Editor:

As district superintendents in the Henderson-Mercer-Warren Counties ROE 27, we would like to express our support for Jodi Scott who is the incumbent candidate for Regional Superintendent of Schools.

After graduating from the Union School District, Mrs. Scott attended Western Illinois University where she earned her bachelor's Degree in elementary education. She earned a master's degree in early childhood education and a second master's degree in educational administration. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program through the University of Illinois.

Before her appointment as the Regional Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Scott served as the Assistant Regional Superintendent of School for three years and as a Regional Office of Education consultant for four years. Prior to those positions, she was a classroom teacher in the Union School District for 10 years.

Among her accomplishments as Regional Superintendent, Mrs. Scott has obtained nearly Four million dollars in grant funds, established the Incoming Freshman Academy Program and established the ACT Prep Program for the area schools. She arranged workshops that have been attended by 80% of the region's educators, established state-wide training for kindergarten standards and established a networking program with local childcare providers. Ms. Scott has maintained a Truancy Reduction/Intervention Team, a Regional School Crisis Assistance Team, and the High Roads Advantage Program for Mercer County youth.

Regarding her involvement with the community, Mrs. Scott is a member of the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Kiwanis Club. She volunteers as a Girl Scout leader, a midget league softball coach, and a Red Cross CPR/First Aide trainer.

Mrs. Scott is respected as a competent and concerned educator by students, colleagues and the larger school community. She is passionate about education and has dedicated her life to making a difference for all children of the region. Her proven character, dedication to community service, and experience with the Regional Office of Education compel us to publically support her for the position of Regional Superintendent of Schools.

Martin Payne

Ralph Grimm

Tom Avery

Bruce Hall

Jeff Whitsitt

Alan Boucher