Tim Lasseter and his family came out to Cody for spring break, loved it and decided to move here in May from southern Missouri.
With his granddaughter now in elementary school in the district – Lasseter said he frequently goes to her school events – he sees no reason to wait before getting more involved.
So, he’s one of eight candidates running for three four-year spots on the Cody School Board.
“I believe if you’re passionate enough about the area, you shouldn’t wait to contribute and be a part of it,” he said.
Lasseter wants to focus on making a school district that has already impressed him and his family even better. He said the district succeeds by virtue of all of its staff, from the superintendent, to teachers, to bus drivers, and he’d like to see all of them be supported.
“I was told salaries [for teachers] are up to 13th,” he said. “I think they should be in the top 10.”
He’s also focused on the importance of providing a district free of discrimination and bullying.
“With a granddaughter in the district, I want to see that she has a good education, discrimination and bias free,” he said, adding that Cody is a better environment for that already. “We moved here for the small-town values.”
Lasseter is retired now, but for 21 years he worked for a multibillion dollar company, he said, rising in the ranks from transportation driver to manager. In that time he received numerous maintenance tech certifications.
He said his 10 years in management included many experiences that could help him as a school board member, including serving on a worker dispute resolution board both as a worker and then as a manager.
“I saw both sides,” he said.
Lasseter also attended school board meetings at the Missouri school district and was a pastor at a small church.
Although he’s only been in Cody for a little while, he said he’s been paying close attention to the district, and was very much in favor of Policy CKA, which was approved late last school year and allows for certain school personnel to concealed carry firearms in school buildings.
“Not only do I support it, I want to see it quickly implemented and to do training as soon as possible,” he said. “I firmly believe that the best defense against a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.”
Lasseter also wants to tackle the issues he’s heard regarding low teacher morale, and suggested having an exit interview for each teacher leaving to get to the heart of the problem.
He said he also feels strongly about being able to listen to all sides in an argument and to work with people of all opinions.
“I’m willing to listen,” he said. “I’m someone who can work with other people.”