Five Candidates vie for New Franklin School Board

Jeff Chitwood

Jud Evans

Leslie Anson

Sam Hackman

Lisa Maupin

Five candidates have filed for two open seats on the New Franklin School Board.  Jeff Chitwood and Jud Evans have both filed for re-election to their seats on the board.  They are met by three challengers, Leslie Anson, Sam Hackman, and Lisa Maupin.  The Democrat Leader contacted each of the candidates for a brief biography.
Jeff Chitwood is an incumbent candidate for New Franklin School Board.
Chitwood is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and current partner with Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, CPA’s in Boonville.  He earned his Masters of Accountancy at the University of Missouri and was employed as an auditor with Ernst & Young from 2001 – 2004.
An active member of the New Franklin Community, Chitwood serves a president of the New Franklin Youth Athletic Association, and Treasurer of the New Franklin United Methodist Church.  He is a member of the Boonville Kiwanis club, previously serving as president, and has been a summer baseball coach and volunteer referee for more than 20 years.
Chitwood says his career as a CPA has provided him with valuable knowledge and experience with school district finances and operations.  As a current member of the New Franklin Board of Education, he has been able to understand the issues presented and help make decisions that will benefit the school district.  “As a New Franklin graduate,” he says, “I understand the importance of our school and the great opportunities it provides to our students while attending and after graduation.  New Franklin has great academic and extra-curricular traditions and I would like to help continue those traditions and at the same time, help the District grow.”
Chitwood, who lives in New Franklin with his wife, Pam, and two daughters, says he has enjoyed serving on the Board of Education the past three years and would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve for the next three years.
Jud Evans is also an incumbent New Franklin School Board candidate.
The Democrat Leader was unable to reach Mr. Evans before press time.
Candidate for New Franklin School Board Leslie Anson is excited about the opportunity to serve.
Anson, a photographer and full-time mom is married to Kevin Anson, farmer and owner of Superior Irrigation.
Anson worked in the medical field for several years prior to wanting to stay at home with her children and become a farm wife.  When she and her family resided in Jamestown, she headed the PTO for seven years.
Anson believes it is important to be involved in your community.  Having been a part of the New Franklin community for the past four years, she has found ways through her photography to become involved in the community.  Anson donates photos to the New Franklin parents, grandparents and the New Franklin yearbook.  She enjoyed the privilege of judging the local 4-H photography for State and will hopefully soon be helping children learn photography.  Anson, her husband and two children at home (two more are grown) are active members of Faith Family Church south of Fayette.
Coming to any new small town can be challenging because you were not born there, says Anson, but she also says it can be a blessing because you are allowed to become part of a community.  “I have lived in small towns most of my life and I am proud to call New Franklin my home.”  Anson says  her family purposely chose New Franklin as their home because of the schools. “I hope to bring to this position a voice for every child in our school system, transparency, open communication between student, parent, staff, administration and board; and of course, a woman’s point of view!”
Sam Hackman, candidate for the New Franklin School Board lives and farms row crops and raises livestock in the New Franklin area with his wife, Jenni, and three sons.
A graduate of New Franklin High School, Hackman attended the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Hackman has learned that through hard work and determination that anything is possible.  Having grown his farming operation significantly over the years, Hackman has been innovative in the use of irrigation and has been able to stay on top of the evolving technical advancements in the farming field.
An active member of the United Church of Christ in New Franklin, Hackman serves on the Lay Life Committee.  He also helps coach his sons’ baseball and basketball teams.
Hackman says he is grounded in the New Franklin community.  His family has rooted here for over a century, and he hopes that his children and their children will remain here for even longer.  He wants to see New Franklin grow, and says the heart of the community is the school.  Hackman wants to see his kids and their kids appreciate New Franklin School as much as he did when he attended.  Having a deep rooted desire to see sustainable growth is why Hackman feels he is a good candidate.  “I feel that I have an open mind, level head, patience for success, and desire to see progress in our school system.”
Hackman says, “I feel that a big reward of being a New Franklin School Board member would be watching New Franklin students succeed and go on to lead productive lives as the result of educational opportunities; the same opportunities that were given to me years ago.”
School Board Candidate Lisa Maupin is an Administrative Assistant for the First-Year Experience Program at Central Methodist University.  A graduate of Boonville High School, she continued her education at State Fair Community College.
Before her position at Central Methodist University, Maupin worked for the Boonville School District for eight years as an Administrative Assistant at the BTEC building.  She also worked for the City of Boonville for five years as an Administrative Assistant and Interim City Clerk where she attended numerous City Council meetings and was secretary to the Board of Public Works.
Maupin is currently Vice President of the New Franklin PTO, and Secretary of the New Franklin Booster Club.  She has volunteered with the Cherry Grove 4-H Club, Community Aces through the Isle of Capri Casino, and helped with numerous class projects with her daughters.
Maupin says she knows how important it is to keep the lines of communication open between the school board and parents.  This is why she wants to be ‘A New Voice for New Franklin Schools.’
“It has been almost 10 years since a female was on the New Franklin School Board,” says Maupin, “and I think that there needs to be a woman’s voice present.  I would like to be that woman that will be the voice of New Franklin parents.”
Lisa Maupin is married to Matt Maupin and she is “a mother to two amazing daughters.”

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