Pat Tuck, Jason Klotz seek RV seat
Pat Tuck, 54, Hoyt, is seeking her fourth four-year term on the Royal Valley Board of Education in the April 7 election. She will face Jason Klotz for the position three seat.
Tuck has lived in Jackson County for 29 years and all five of her children graduated from Royal Valley High School. Her husband is Larry Tuck.
“I want to make sure our students’ needs are met and make sure they are getting the best education our district can provide,” Tuck said.
Tuck is a graduate of Wamego High School and has taken numerous college classes. She has worked for Payless ShoeSource Corporation Office since 1994. She worked for St. Francis Hospital from 1980 to 1993 and worked as an office manager from October 2006 to January 2010 at Briman’s Leading Jewelers.
Tuck said she wants to continue to serve the district as a school board member.
“I know where we have been as a district, and I know we will have a lot of challenges as a district going forward with budget cuts,” she said. “I want to help make the best for all of our students.”
She volunteered as a member of the Royal Valley Recreation Association for 10 years and she said she continues to volunteer and help out as needed with school events even though her children have already graduated.
“I have been on the school board for 12 years, and I feel longevity is important with all the upcoming changes that the school will be going through,” she said.
In light of recent budget cuts aimed at Kansas schools, Tuck said that the school board will have to examine all expenses.
“We need to look at the way things are currently done,” she said. “Can we change things or is there some way to improve things without increasing expenses? We need to look at the headcount to see if we need to fill open positions or if we can juggle schedules or move staff around to accommodate all our students’ needs.”
Hoyt resident Jason Klotz is running for position three on the USD 337 Royal Valley Board of Education in the spring election. Incumbent Pat Tuck is also seeking election to this position.
Klotz, 40, is a 1993 graduate of Royal Valley High School and has lived in Jackson County for 32 years. He and his wife, Amy, have two children.
“If elected, I hope to help the district deal with these tough budget times and continue to develop goals to help our school and community thrive and grow in the future,” Klotz said.
Klotz attended Allen County Community College and Washburn University. He has worked for Kansas Fire and Safety for four years. He was employed by Sunflower Rental from 1993 to 2011.
This is his first time seeking a school board seat.
“As an almost lifelong resident of the district, I want to be involved in decisions affecting my young school-age children’s future education and that of upcoming generations,” he said.
Klotz volunteers with the Royal Valley Recreation Association and the Jefferson County Baseball Association.
“I believe that I have the ability to problem solve through listening and discussion,” he said. “I am not afraid to challenge views or opinions I feel are not in the district’s best interest. I also feel that I have a very common sense approach to most issues.”
Klotz said that the first step for him to address recent budget cuts would be to “sit down and determine what programs are must haves and what are wants.”
“We want the programs that best serve the educational interests of our students,” he said.