Scott Crise looks around to view the newly remodeled Boyd Elementary School. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

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by Richard A. Ollis, Springfield

I am pleased to endorse Scott Crise for the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education. I have known Scott for more than 30 years, and I can attest to his professionalism, ethics, financial acumen, and experience in project management.  
In his first term on the School Board, Scott was a fair-minded, thoughtful member who often served as the swing vote in important decisions. He served on the Community Task Force for Facilities, and his work helped the 2023 tax levy pass with strong 77% approval. Scott’s expertise with engineering and construction management has proven crucial with building and maintaining facilities. He is a careful steward of taxpayers’ dollars. 
Scott has a gift for bringing people together. He values relationships and knows that each member of the board has something different to offer. We need a school board made up of a wide range of people with varying experience and beliefs, but we also need a school board that can work together and overcome divisiveness.  I believe Scott will continue to work to bring the board together even if individual members do not always agree.  Healthy discourse is vital, but so is someone who recognizes the need to collaborate. 
Scott cares about students, parents, teachers, staff, and the Springfield community.  He is always willing to listen. Like me, his wife and daughters are proud SPS graduates, and Scott takes his responsibility to all of us seriously. 
Please join me in voting for Scott Crise on April 2.