Cathy Roes is a product of the Cody School District. Now she wants to give back by serving, following in the footsteps of her mother.
“I am running because I care about this community,” she said. “My mom did a lot of volunteering in her lifetime. I feel it’s my job to carry that on.”
Roes, who graduated with the CHS Class of 2004, is the operations manager at Midwest Fence Company, the local company started by her grandfather.
With that background – the company has worked on local school projects previously – she said she’d be eager to provide some of her knowledge with the construction projects ahead in the district, most notably the bus barn.
Trustees previously approved allowing the district to request proposals from companies as to plans for both renovating the existing bus barn or building a new one on a larger chunk of property.
Roes said she’d like to see proposals for both, but the current spot within a neighborhood area is a tough one. She said it helps to understand the bid process.
“I think it sets me apart,” she said. “It’s something I have a particular interest and knowledge in.”
She’s excited about the prospect of assisting with construction issues, but said she’s ready to dive into a variety of issues outside her specific area of expertise.
It helps, she said, that she knows the ins and outs of how a board operates.
“I’m no stranger to board meetings,” she said. “I’m currently the board president for a nonprofit in town, and have served on other boards.”
She’s even been on the Patron’s Ball committee.
“I don’t have an ax to grind,” she said.
Instead, she said since she announced her candidacy, teachers who she hasn’t talked to in years have been seeking her out to tell her about their thoughts on the district.
“I think that morale is an issue,” she said. “I have no idea what the bottom line is about why morale is lacking. I don’t know if there’s one particular thing to remedy, but based on what I’ve heard there are options to look into.”
Roes said while she doesn’t have answers yet on a lot of the issues, she welcomes feedback from people in the district.
She’d also welcome differing opinions from other trustees if elected.
“I think it’s important for the board to implement policies as a group,” she said. “They work together – one needs the other.”