The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 25, 2014

Incumbents, challenger address candidate forum

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Three candidates for Carthage School Board made pitches about why they should be elected — or re-elected — in the April 8 election during a forum Tuesday hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

More than 20 residents attended the gathering, where Mark Elliff, chamber president, also announced that the group’s board of directors had endorsed a school bond issue proposed to finance construction of one new building and to repurpose another to keep up with growth and ensure enough classroom space in all buildings.

“Good schools are important for the community, and for economic development,” he said.

The $18 million bond issue would finance construction of a new Fourth-Fifth grade Center on district-owned property and repurpose and expand the Carthage Middle School into a Seventh and Eighth Grade Center. Both buildings would include tornado safe areas. Plans also call for repurposing the current Carthage Junior High for a Sixth Grade Center. The tax would not increase the district’s current tax levy.

Board candidates addressing the forum were challenger Kent Hogan, and Jeff Jones and Elizabeth Streich, both incumbents on the board. Five candidates are seeking the three board posts. Tony Diggs, another incumbent and Jennifer Lambeth, a challenger, did not attend the early-morning gathering.


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