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By STUART CASSIDY
CANNELTON – Three people are seeking two open seats on the Cannelton City School Board. Tuesday’s election will elect two people for four-year terms.
Incumbents William Garrett and Cory Faulkenberg are seeking re-election. Also running is Kent Little. Garrett declined to be interviewed and The News could not reach Faulkenberg.
Little, 63, of 1001 Green Meadows, Cannelton is a semi-retired construction worker. He and his wife, Rita, have five daughters, a son and 18 grandchildren. He has never held an elected office.
He is a former member of the Jaycees and he said he has been involved with several charitable organizations including the United Way.
Little has decided to run for the board because he feels current board members have erred in recent financial and hiring decisions. He said those choices have taken away from the students’ ability to receive the best education possible.
“I just don’t think they’re paying enough attention to what’s going on with the money,” he said. Little argued that while trying to overcome more than a half-million-dollar deficit, the board used money from a tax hike that was intended to help the school corporation pay bills, but instead bought a bus and “are hauling kids in from out of town that don’t pay taxes.”
And when it comes to effectively working toward financial stability, keeping school doors open and, in general, what’s best for students, “they’re just not doing it.”
According to Little, the school board also made an unwise hire in current schools superintendent Alva Sibbitt, who was recently convicted of multiple felonies stemming from a 2010 traffic stop.
According to Little, Sibbitt doesn’t represent a proper role model for students nor the correct representative for the community.
Little went on to say that he has “new blood” ideas and is a good choice for the school board because the “old blood” hasn’t offered the change needed.
“We need to figure out how we’re going to keep this school open and keep our bills paid,” Little said. “We need to get someone down there, a superintendent that’s not facing criminal charges.”
If elected, Little hopes to spearhead remedying those issues.
“I have a 5-year-old in school now and he’s got a lot of years to go yet,” Little added.