Q&A: Greycliff school board candidates weigh in

Louise Bainter

Q: Tell me about yourself.

A: My name is Louise Bainter and I am running for the Greycliff School Board, District 16. I was born and raised in Big Timber. I attended Big Timber Grade School and Sweet Grass County High School, and on to Missoula Technical School. I then married and raised five wonderful children. I recently retired from C. Sharps Arms, Inc. where I had worked for 19 years. All five of my children attended at least five years at Greycliff with my youngest going kindergarten through eighth grades. 

Q: Why are you running for the Greycliff school board? 

A: I am running for the Greycliff School Board as this school has been a part of me to the past 35 years. (My oldest started kindergarten at Greycliff.)  

Q: Tell me about your previous service? 

A: I was elected to this board in May of 2001, so I have served on this board for the past 16 years. I have a real good idea of the operation of this school board, keeping in mind at all times, the taxpayers of this district keep this school going with taxpayer’s money.  

Q: Which areas of education are you most interested in? 

A: I am interested in all aspects of education at this school and rely on our staff to give our students the best possible education. I believe my children got a good start on life by attending this school. I have attended lots of graduations at Greycliff and I believe those students as well got a good start to continue on in life. Voters, thank you for your continued support of me for this position of Greycliff School Board Trustee!

 

Amy Newman

Q: Tell me about yourself.

A: I grew up in Bearcreek and attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Belfry Schools in Belfry. I attended Montana State University in Billings. My husband and I purchased a home in Greycliff in 2003.  We have one son, who is an eighth grader this school year. 

I have been a postmaster replacement with the United States Postal Service for the past five years and have worked for other Sweet Grass County employers over the past 14 years.

Q: Why are you running for the Greycliff school board? 

A: I am running because I would like to see traditional, small school values continue to be instilled in our rural youth, such as the older students mentoring the younger ones, and fight to keep the small schools open.

Q: Tell me about your previous service? 

A: I have not served on this board before, but was ready to last year when a board member was in the process of leaving the district due to selling their home.

Q: Which areas of education are you most interested in? 

 A: I am most interested in continuing to offer a variety of different opportunities to students, such as German language lessons, class sizes that offer the students one-on-one time with the teachers, keeping the budget balanced and continuing to keep the small schools open.

 

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