(Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities, October 30, 2023)
Candidate questionnaires were emailed to the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustee candidates for ZONE 3 and ZONE 4 on 10/03/23 inviting participation. We will post these responses as they are received. Note: Please note, due to an email error, Mr. Knoff did not receive our initial email which is what delayed his response
RAY KNOFF – School District 25 Trustee Candidate – ZONE 4
QUESTIONS FOR POCATELLO-CHUBBUCK SCHOOL DISTRICT 25 CANDIDATES
1. What experiences and/or skills do you have that contribute toward you being the best candidate for this position?
2. How do you plan to learn about and then best represent the interests of your Zone?
For over a year I have been considering running for the school board. Consequently, I have been been attending actual school board meetings, watching videos of prior school board meetings, and doing a lot of research regarding the operation of the school district. In particular I have examined the past and current budgets of the school district, and I have read the School Board Policy Manual and all other documents regarding the operation of the SD25 School Board of Trustees which are posted at the district’s website. I have also been talking to teachers and many residents of School District 25 to learn about their concerns and questions regarding the operation of the school district. I have also been reading books and articles regarding current educational theory and practices.
Since I earned two degrees in Technology Education and gained vocational certification serving as a District Technology Coordinator, I plan to do my best to learn more concerning the district’s PV Tech (Pocatello Valley Technology) program. I will be a strong advocate for Career Technical Education (CTE). Since I also studied engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, I also plan to learn as much as possible about the district’s efforts to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in School District 25.
3. Identify an issue within the district that needs improvement and how do you intend to address that issue?
4. Open – for your comments or message to voters.
The most important challenge in education is to prepare young people to be happy, successful adults who find careers that are emotionally and financially satisfying. For some students the goal is a college degree. Many other students will find satisfying, well-paying jobs from the various vocational courses which are taught at the ISU College of Technology, and elsewhere. It is vital to nurture every young person as a unique individual, and to help them pursue their individual talents and dreams for a fulfilling life. If elected I will do my best to serve, nurture and protect the children of our community. I would be honored to receive your vote.