SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield Public School board welcomed three new members Tuesday, April 13.
The new membres are:
- Dr. Maryam Mohammadkhani
- Scott Crise
- Danielle Kinkaid
The three candidates were the winners of the April 6 election. The members were sworn in by Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller during a school board meeting.
Dr. Maryam Mohammadkhani
Candidate Dr. Maryam Mohammadkhani’s platform focused on utilizing technology, in her words, the correct way.
“We have students graduating that can’t write their checks; they can’t really effectively read a legal document,” said Dr. Mohammadkhani. “No one is leaving high school and running out and buying a $200 Chromebook. Because with a few hundred dollars more you can buy a real computer when you show up in university when you show up at your job because there’s a lot of technology in so many jobs. They’re not Chromebooks.”
Dr. Mohammadkhani is a retired physician. She says her training and experience as a pathologist have given her the ability to communicate effectively and make difficult decisions.
Scott Crise has high experience with project management and long-term planning, something he said before the election would set him apart from his competitors.
“”See how the budget works, if there are any gaps and how those gaps can be improved,” said Crise. “The hope is to bring change to the board, but good change and support the parents, teachers and most importantly the students and make this one of the best districts in the state.”
Danielle Kincaid is an attorney and has served on the Springfield Public School Foundation for a number of years. Kincaid grew up in the Kansas City area and moved to Springfield in 2002.
“Learning and then seeing what we can do to improve our school system,” said Kincaid. “Just making sure we can provide the best service to our students and educators and parents.”
Kincaid said her service on different boards and being a small business owner sets her apart.
Kincaid’s platform also focuses on mental health.
“We have to make sure that our partnership with Burell and some of our other community members continues,” she said.