Donnie McVee

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Donnie McVee

Donnie McVee

Name: Donnie McVee

Profession: I have spent the last 30+ years in the field of school finance working in various size school districts in Montana including the Laurel School District as the Business Manager for over 7 years.

Why are you running for the Laurel School Board?

Because of my background in school finance I have a strong foundation in public education and leadership. The mission statement of this district is my favorite of any district, “dedicated to the individual development of each student, every day, without exception!” In my mind that says it all.

What would you like voters to know about you?

My desire to serve on the school board does not come with an agenda. It comes purely from a willingness to share my education background to help build a cohesive Board of Trustees that will make good, sound decisions that always keep in mind what is best for students.

What strengths will you bring to the board?

A strong knowledge of Montana school finance and boardsmanship. Transparency in all aspects of schools operations while maintaining legal limitations. Schools do not and should not have anything to hide, but sometimes they have a hard time disseminating information. I listen to both sides of an issue before taking a position. I believe in the power of teamwork. Working together provides multiple perspectives, thoughts and ideas to develop successful solutions.

What do you see as the biggest issue facing the Laurel School District?

There are several of equal concern so it is difficult to pick just one. That being said, many of the issues are the same being faced by most if not all of the districts in Montana. Repairs and maintenance of facilities, mental health and related issues of students, and recruitment and retention of staff are just a few.

What is the Laurel School District’s greatest strength?

That would have to be the staff. There are so many good things happening in the schools and this comes from committed, caring staff. It takes a village to educate a child including teachers, aides, lunch staff, bus drivers, secretaries, counselors, principals, custodians, maintenance, technology staff, administrators, volunteers, parents and everyone else who contributes to the education of our students.


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