Bernie Spradling has seen a lot get accomplished in El Dorado Schools, but there is still more to do and she hopes to lend her expertise to help it get accomplished.
Spradling filed for re-election to her seat on the USD 490 Board of Education, on which she has served for two terms.
“The main reason I decided to run again was I feel like so much has been accomplished,” she said, giving examples of the new school facilities, student achievement and student activities. “I’ve seen so much improvement, I want to continue to see that happen. Our number one goal has been student achievement.”
That includes athletics and extracurricular activities; career and post secondary education preparation; school safety; health and wellness for students and staff including school lunches; facilities and continuing to study the long-range elementary plans; and addressing the current middle school, making sure that building maintains a purpose in the community.
Another ongoing issue is school finance.
“With the budget cuts we face we are being required to provide education for all students with less money,” Spradling said.
She wants to continue to monitor that, saying they’ve tried to keep that from impacting students but it is starting to.
All of these items are part of the district’s strategic plan, which she feels is very comprehensive.
“If you’re not constantly moving forward, you’re not getting better,” she said.
Spradling also believes she has experience she can bring to the board in helping to deal with these issues.
Spradling has been in education in El Dorado since 1969, having served as a teacher and principal.
“I feel like I have a background in it,” she said.
During her first two terms, Spradling saw a lot get accomplished.
“Number one was the new buildings,” she said. “That was quite an accomplishment. And seeing the success that our students are experiencing on athletics playing fields and activities such as debate, forensics and scholars bowl.
“Seeing the students get involved,” she said of what she has enjoyed. “The number one thing to be successful is feeling like they belong.”
Spradling has enjoyed her time on the board.
“I see it as a way that I can give back to my community,” she said. “I feel El Dorado has been a good home to me and my children.”
Spradling also serves on the boards of the Butler County History Center and Bethlehem House and is a member of Soroptimists and Rotary Club.
Page 2 of 2 - She has two daughters. The oldest, Theresa, teaches at the University of Northern Iowa. Her other daughter, Jennifer, works at Dr. Stoskopf’s office in El Dorado.