Betty McGruder, of Edgemont, has filed for position 3 on the Westside School District School Board.
McGruder has been in education for 34 years as both a teacher and administrator. She is currently the superintendent od the Shiroey School district. She previously served on the Hughes School Board for 8 years while simultaneously working as an administrator in the Lee County School District. Betty McGruder said, “The dual tole was beneficial not only to me, as an administrator, but to the district in which I served on the board. Questions. issues and solutions surfaced in one district often before they did in the other. So, I had already witnessed the solution to the problem and could share that experience with the other district. I have experience in the aspect of the daily operatiohns of the distrcit. I know tht there should be only one leader in a district and that would be the Superintendent and the board has a separate role. That is to hire the superintendent, make policy and support the school and its students.”
She also has worked for Jostens Learning Corporation as an educational consultant. McGruder said, “My years of experience in the field of education puts me ina valuable position as far as being informed regarding the most recent legislative changes affecting education. I also feel tht the board sweeping revenue cuts on both the state and national levels will make it necessary for school distrcits to be very frugal with their resources. Many changes in both federal and state funding regulations are going to make it absolutely imperative that school districts be good stewards of their communities’ monies and use it to best benefit their students. That, afterall, is the reason we are here.”
McGruder and her husband are the parents of four grown children and grandparents of 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandschild.