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February 7, 2013

FG school board hopefuls tout high standards

Taylor, Tuck vie for Office 3 seat

— Candidates for Fort Gibson Board of Education, Office 3, say they want to maintain the district’s high educational standards, even under budget constraints.

Incumbent Gerald Taylor, who has been on the board 21 years, faces Eric Tuck, who has two sons at the school. The election will be Tuesday.

Taylor, 71, said he is a graduate of Fort Gibson High School and wants “to keep the same high quality of education that we’ve had.”

The Fort Gibson school board has stability because of the number of years many members have served, Taylor said.

Tuck, 46, said he’s running because “our kids deserve a bright future with every opportunity education can afford them.”

He said he wants to give teachers tools they need, especially as far as technology is concerned.

Tuck said his main qualification is the 10 years he spent with OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.

“My experience in higher education showed me that if you want to succeed, it starts with the basics,” he said. “I understand, as far as money is concerned, how much we can spend.”

Taylor’s tenure on the board is his main qualification, he said, also citing his experience in law.

“I can see two sides of every story,” he said. “I can see the outcomes for either side of an issue. As a board, we go to seminars every year.”

Taylor said budget cuts are one of the main issues facing Fort Gibson Schools.

“You have to work with so much money every year,” he said.

Tuck said the community also should know the needs of the district.

“If there is a monetary constraint at the school, that needs to be brought out to the community,” he said. “The community needs to understand why things need to be done.”

Tuck said he doesn’t see any change needed at Fort Gibson Schools.

“I’m coming in to be a team player and be open-minded,” he said.

Taylor said he’d like to see more technological advances for students.

“I support having laptops for each student,” he said.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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