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Warrensburg area voters approve school budgets

Some incumbents ousted on school boards

After casting his votes Tuesday May 15, Warrensburg resident Dave Spatz exits from a voting booth in the Warrensburg High School gym lobby while school election official Patti MicGlire (right) observes. Citizens throughout Warren County approved their school district budgets handily in the annual election, but ousted a number of incumbent school board members.

After casting his votes Tuesday May 15, Warrensburg resident Dave Spatz exits from a voting booth in the Warrensburg High School gym lobby while school election official Patti MicGlire (right) observes. Citizens throughout Warren County approved their school district budgets handily in the annual election, but ousted a number of incumbent school board members. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “I was emphasizing Burgher pride and I will be doing all I can to maintain Warrensburg’s top-quality academic program,” he said.

West, who is known for his ever-present smile, also said his positive message connected with district residents.

“Instead of tearing down the school system, I believe in building it up — to draw people into the community for years to come,” he said.

West added that he was committed to assuring that the new state-mandated teachers’ performance evaluations were customized, if possible, to make them relevant and appropriate to local needs, rather than arbitrary.

“I want to make sure that the teachers who really engage kids are retained and rewarded,” he said.

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