Vote for Loftis for SPS Board
I would like to encourage anyone that is concerned with the
well being and quality of our Springfield Public Schools and our
community to vote for Swayne Benson Loftis for the Springfield
Public school board. I have known Swayne for eight years and I
have been a first-hand witness to his servant’s heart.
Swayne has always impressed me with his love of others
and his gift to serve people unconditionally, whether it was
a physical need, like helping the elderly clean up their
property after a storm, or by serving as a volunteer to help
strangers when they come into an unfamiliar place.
I have been a witness to what Swayne is like in public and in
private and he is the same person in both settings. In my
opinion, there are few people with as much personal integrity
and devotion to the needs of others as Swayne Benson Loftis.
I believe moral values are desperately needed on our
school board. In a time of where “what used to be right is
now wrong and what was wrong is now thought to be right,” we must have candidates with Biblical values to be willing to
represent our community and who possess the courage to
stand against the downward direction represented by the
decisions that our current school board has acted upon.
I recommend that you vote for Swayne Benson Loftis for
Springfield Public school board.
Randy Shelton, Fire Master Fire Equipment, Inc.,
Renner, Patterson and Pratt
We believe that every school board election is important,
and that is why Springfield NEA (National Education
Association) has a process in place for sending each candidate
a questionnaire and, upon receiving a completed
questionnaire, we invite the candidates to come to a
screening interview with a panel of our members.
This year there were seven of us who met with four of
the five candidates. Swayne Loftis returned a partially
completed questionnaire and included more information
about his candidacy that was important to him. He then
declined to participate in the screening interview, so he
was not considered for possible recommendation.
Bruce Renner, Jill Patterson, Francine Pratt and Patti
Ingold all met with our screening team, and we had meaningful
and positive discussions with all of them. Each interview
lasted a bit longer than 45 minutes. At the end of our
process the committee voted to recommend Bruce, Jill and
Francine. All four candidates were informed of their recommended
or non-recommended status.
For a summary of the interviews, visit our blog at
The reason we believe each election is important is
because teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses and clericals
often stay in this district for the majority of their
careers. It is these people in the district who provide excellence,
dedication and consistency in our educational community.
It is these community servants who have the best
perspective on what the needs are of all students.
Administrations change, as do school boards. The decisions
that school boards make affect almost every part of
our members’ jobs. The board makes decisions about
allocation of funds, hiring, firing and retention of employees,
building maintenance, technology acquisition and so
much more. They ultimately have a ratification vote on the
tentative agreement between the district’s team and
SNEA’s negotiations team. This includes language about
working conditions as well as salaries and benefits.
Springfield NEA President