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Dacy Fallyn Freeman (DFF) Interviews Walton-Verona School Board Candidates 2018

4th Grader Interviews Walton-Verona School Board Candidates
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(7) 6 Candidates Vie For 3 Seats in Upcoming General Election

November 6, 2018 update. Election winners are Kyle Art, Stacey Thornberry, and Heather Stewart.

This post was originally published on September 13, 2018. At Noon on October 12, 2018, candidate James Jay Martin announced the suspension of his campaign. This post has been updated to reflect those changes.

Voters at select precincts in Kentucky’s Boone and Kenton Counties will elect over half of the Walton-Verona Independent School District School Board in the upcoming general election.  Three of the school board’s five seats are up for grabs on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Two incumbents and five four newcomers are campaigning to be the next elected officials who serve four-year terms on the board.

The Walton-Verona Independent School District (WVISD) governs an elementary, middle and high school. It serves almost 1,700 students and employs over 200 people. The 2018-19 annual budget is $13.8 million. It is comprised of State, Federal and local monies. The independent status of the school district allows the school board to set local tax rates.

Walton-Verona consistently appears as a top educational district in Kentucky. As a result, its enrollment grows each year. Undeterred by higher taxes, families are choosing to purchase homes in its growing residential neighborhoods. Businesses are flocking to the area around the Walton Interstate 71-75 corridor. Students who live outside the district compete to fill the few out-of-district vacancies which require additional tuition.

Why our 4th grader is covering this race

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4th Grade Reporter “DFF”

Our nine year old daughter Dacy (known to many on social media as DFF) is one of those tuition students. When we discussed the importance of the local school board election with her, we explained that our family would not vote in the election, because we do not live in a district precinct. She expressed interest in learning more about the board’s plans for her future though. As we began our research, she discovered there was little information to be found. So she decided to change that by using her broadcast and journalism skills to create an in-depth look at each candidate’s platform and experience.

The following candidate profiles have been compiled by 4th grade Walton-Verona Elementary student Dacy Fallyn Freeman. She hopes this publication will help inform and educate voters in the Walton-Verona Independent School District whose votes directly impact the quality of her education.

Dacy conducted video interviews and distributed questionnaires to all seven six candidates in this year’s race. Each is listed below in the order candidates will appear on the general election ballot.  Many thanks to each of the candidates for generously donating their time to this project.  We here at DFFrentFocus hope our readers find DFF’s research helpful in making your decision this November.