2018 School Board Candidates Survey- Personal Side

schoolboardelectionThis is Part A of the 7th Ward Independent Democrats School Board Candidates Survey. These are the Get to Know the Candidates as persons questions.

Part B Candidate Views & Goals here.

“…” indicates candidate exceeded word count by more than a few words.

A1) What Ward and Neighborhood do you reside in and for how many years? Rent or Own?This is not an essay question. Please provide ward number + neighborhood name + years + rent or own.

Donna R. Jones: 27th Ward, Walnut Park, 25 years, own

Joyce M. Roberts: 26th Ward, West End, 38 years, own

Adam Layne: 18th Ward, Lewis Place, 1 month, previously Soulard, rent

Bill (William C.) Haas: 17th Ward, Central West End, 16 years, rent

Jared Opsal: 8th Ward, Shaw, 1 month, previously Downtown West, own

Cydney E. Johnson: 27th Ward, Walnut Park East, lifelong, family owns

David L. Jackson, Jr.: 27th Ward, Walnut Park West, 3 years, rent

A2) Real Estate Ownership. List addresses for all real estate you currently own/co-own, including by corporation/LLC, in Missouri or Illinois or owned within past 20 years. This is not an essay question. Please provide street number + street name + zip code + current owner or past owner.

Donna R. Jones: 6200 Emma Ave, 63136, current

Joyce M. Roberts: 932 Beach Ave, 63112, current

Adam Layne: None

Bill (William C.) Haas: None

Jared Opsal: 4018 Shenandoah Ave, 63110, current

Cydney E. Johnson: None

David L. Jackson, Jr.: None

A3) Businesses. List the legal names of all corporations/LLCs/DBAs that you own or have an ownership interest in, or did over past 20 years, registered with the Missouri or Illinois Secretary of State. 
This is not an essay question. Please provide business name + state of domicile.

Donna R. Jones: None

Joyce M. Roberts: For Kids’ Sake Inc., Missouri

Adam Layne: None

Bill (William C.) Haas: None currently. Pink Collar Blue, 2015-2117, terminated.

Jared Opsal: None

Cydney E. Johnson: None

David L. Jackson, Jr.: DLJ Construction Services, LLC

A4) Tax Abatement. Have you, or a company/LLC you own or did own, ever owned any real estate which received property tax abatement? Yes or No. If Yes, provide address:  street number + street name + zip code. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: No

Joyce M. Roberts: No

Adam Layne: No

Bill (William C.) Haas: No

Jared Opsal: No

Cydney E. Johnson: No

David L. Jackson, Jr.: No

A5) Employment History. List job title + employer + years for past 20 years. This is not an essay question. Please provide a list.

Donna R. Jones: job title not provided, City License Collector, 2014-2016; census taker, US Census, years not provided; survey canvasser, Metro, years not provided; babysitting

Joyce M. Roberts: years not provided – Substitute Teacher, Mary Institute Country Day School; Adjunct Instructor, Harris-Stowe State University; Assistant Superintendent, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy; Director of Curriculum, Normandy School District; Assistant Superintendent, Wellston School District; Assistant Superintendent for Professional Development, St. Louis Public Schools; Assistant Superintendent for Low Performing Schools, St. Louis Public Schools; Director of Middle School Education, St. Louis Public Schools; Principal at Pierre Laclede, Harrison, Williams Middle Schools, St. Louis Public Schools; Assistant Principal, Williams Middle, St. Louis Public Schools; Instructional Coordinator, Williams Middle, St. Louis Public Schools; Teacher, St. Louis Public Schools

Adam Layne: Director, InspireSTL — Wyman Center, 3 years; Scholar Support & College Access Director, InspireSTL, 2 years; Math Teacher, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, 3 years

Bill (William C.) Haas: Substitute Teacher, Ritenour School District, 2017-Present; Tutor, Huntington Learning Centers, 2018; various, Preclarus Mastery, 2014; various, Imagine Academy, 2012; Teacher, Missouri Torah Institute, 2011-2012; Teacher, Confluence Academy 2011;  Teacher, St. Louis Public Schools, 2007-2011; Swim Coach, Fenton, 2017; Swim Instructor, Kirkwood, 2017; Swim Instructor, Kirkwood YMCA, 2017; Sales Associate, Macy’s, 2016; Sales, Dynasty Television Advertising, 2016; Nanny/Tutor, 2015-2016; Author/Owner, Pink Collar Blue, 2015-2016; position not provided, Launchode, 2015; Tutor, Varsity Tutors, Wyzan Tutors, 2014-2015;  Document Reviwer, B3Legal and Hudson Legal, 2014; Sales, Convergys Inbound, 2012-2013; Sales, A&T,/Yellow Pages, 2008; Customer Service, Walmart, 1998-2007; Adjunct Professor, Harris Stowe State University, 2000-2012; Professor of Law & Ethics, William Woods University, Fulton MO, 2007; Adjunct Professor, East Central College, 1998-2007; Corporate Counsel, Thermadyne, DeBartolo, Figgie International, pre-2000; Assistant Law Director, City of Cleveland OH, pre-2000

Jared Opsal: Program Manager, Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis, 2018-Present; Executive Director, St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association, 2015-2018; Public Awareness Coordinator, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area, 2012-2015; Policy Specialist, Tobacco Free St. Louis at Saint Louis University 2010-2012; Guest Services Representative, Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 2008-2012; Internet Production Specialist, Vertis Inc, 2002-2008

Cydney E. Johnson: Instructor, Computer Village-St. Louis, 1 year; Exec Adm Assistant/Personal Asst, Computers R Us USA Inc, 4 years; Public Policy Intern, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1 year; Barista, Starbucks, 1 year; Intern, US Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, 1 year; Work Study @ History Dept, Chapman Center for Rural Studies, 1 year;  Intern, no office provided, City of St. Louis, 1 year; Grocery Clerk, Jewel-Osco, 4 years; Grocery Clerk, Schnucks, 4 Years

David L. Jackson, Jr.: Senior Asset Manager, Peoria IL Housing Authority, 5 months; Assistant Asset Property Manager, East St. Louis Housing Authority, 6 months;  President, DLJ Construction Services LLC, 12 years; Project Administrator, HBD Construction, 3 years, Director of Programs, EM Harris Construction, 5 years

A6) Elected/Appointed Office Experience. List elected offices and appointed offices (appointed by Governor, Mayor, or other elected/appointed official as enabled by State law, City Charter or ordinance, but not including political party offices) you have held. This is not an essay question. Please list office/board/commission + years served + name of appointing authority.

Donna R. Jones: Elected Member, St. Louis Board of Education, 12 years. Officer Positions- Vice President, Secretary.

Joyce M. Roberts: None

Adam Layne: None

Bill (William C.) Haas: Assistant Law Director, City of Cleveland OH, 1977-1979, mayoral appointee; Member, St. Louis Board of Education, 1997-2005 & 2010-Present

Jared Opsal: Commissioner, Locust Central Business District, 2016-Present, mayoral appointee

Cydney E. Johnson: None

David L. Jackson, Jr.: Tax Increment Financing Commission, Appointed by Board of Education, 3 yrs; Tax Increment Financing Commission, Appointed by Special Administrative Board, 8 yrs.

A7) List elected offices sought (including political party committeeperson) but not elected to- list office + year. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: None

Joyce M. Roberts: None

Adam Layne:
None

Bill (William C.) Haas: 2nd District US Congress, 2008 & 2010 & 2018; 1st District US Congress, 2000 & 2016; State Representative, 1998 & 2002 & 2006 & 2014; Mo Lt Governor, 2012; St. Louis City Mayor, 1993 & 1997 & 2001 & 2005 & 2015; St. Louis City 17th Ward Alderperson, 2017; St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, 1992; Cleveland OH School Board, 1981; Cleveland OH City Council, 1988

Jared Opsal: None

Cydney E. Johnson: 76th District State Representative, 2018

David L. Jackson, Jr.: St. Louis City School Board, 2015

A8) Community Activities – neighborhood, political, civic, charity, professional, fraternal, activist, church, or other nonprofit organization, and leadership positions in those organizations. (50 words or less)

Donna R. Jones: New Capp – Community activist

Joyce M. Roberts: Assisted George Roberts, President, West End Neighborhood Council (WENC); Assisted George Roberts, President, Board of Directors, St. Vincent’s’ Greenway ;  Assisted Wali Furqual, Founder, PATOY (Paying Attention to Our Youth)

Adam Layne: 1077 Newstead Food Pantry in the Grove, volunteer; St. Louis Area College Counselors, member, attend college fairs to advise attendees; Kairos Charter School, Board Member; Member, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative; Curriculum & Facilitation Lead, Alumni Member, Teach For America St. Louis

Bill (William C.) Haas: 
My civic activities since 1997 have centered around the St. Louis School Board, and volunteering for animal rescue agencies including Stray Rescue and Open Door Animal Sanctuary, and volunteering in other campaigns, especially Claire McCaskill 2016. 1968-1970 Vista Volunteer, now Americorps, community organization in Detroit and Chicago.

Jared Opsal: Currently a board member of the St. Louis City Continuum of Care and general member of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association. Previously a board member of the following organizations- Tobacco Free St. Louis, Tobacco Free Missouri, St. Louis Association of Community Organizations, Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District.

Cydney E. Johnson: 
Former Co-chair, St. Louis DSA; Member, Jennings Mason Church Of God in Christ; Selective Service Board Member #27 Region #6

David L. Jackson, Jr.: 
Treasurer, Walnut Park West Neighborhood Improvement Association; Member, Lewis Place Historical Preservation, Inc.; Co-Founder, Section 3 Compliance Collaborative; Member, Northside Community Alliance, Inc.

A9) Are you related within the 4th Degree to any employee of the St. Louis Public Schools? Yes or No. If Yes, identify by relationship and job title but not by name. Example: sister, teacher. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: No

Joyce M. Roberts: Yes, Daughter, Leveled Literacy Intervention Specialist

Adam Layne: No

Bill (William C.) Haas: No

Jared Opsal: No

Cydney E. Johnson: No

David L. Jackson, Jr.: No

A10) Are you related within the 4th Degree to any employee of a St. Louis charter school? Yes or No. If Yes, identify by relationship and job title but not by name. Example: sister, teacher. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: No

Joyce M. Roberts: No

Adam Layne: No

Bill (William C.) Haas: No

Jared Opsal: No

Cydney E. Johnson: No

David L. Jackson, Jr.: No

A11) Are you related within the 4th Degree to any current or past elected official (including political party committeeperson and Missouri General Assembly) who held office while residing in St. Louis City? Yes or No. If Yes, identify by name + relationship + office held + district/ward if applicable. Example: John Johnson, father, constable, 3rd District. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: No

Joyce M. Roberts: No

Adam Layne: No

Bill (William C.) Haas:
No

Jared Opsal: No

Cydney E. Johnson: No

David L. Jackson, Jr.: No

A12) Education. List all schools attended, beginning with high school + city if not St Louis City + degree, if any.  This is not an essay question. Please provide a list.

Donna R. Jones: Northwest HS- East St.Louis, High School Diploma; Graceland College, location not provided; SIU Extension, location not provided; Forest Park Community College – degree(s) not provided

Joyce M. Roberts: St. Mark’s High School; Harris Teacher College (now Harris-Stowe State University), BA;  Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State), Kirksville, MA; University of Missouri – St. Louis, Ed.S; University of Missouri – St. Louis, EdD

Adam Layne: The Roxbury Latin School, Boston MA, High School Diploma; The George Washington University, Washington DC, BBA Finance; UMSL, M.A.Ed

Bill (William C.) Haas: Shaker Heights High School, Ohio; Yale College, New Haven CT, B.A. English; Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA, JD; Cleveland Community College, Ohio

Jared Opsal: Edwardsville High School, IL, High School Diploma; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL, BA Health Education; Saint Louis University, Master’s Public Administration

Cydney E. Johnson: Lafayette Senior High, Ballwin MO; Jennings High, Jennings MO, High School Diploma; College of Lake County, location not provided, AA Accounting;
Kansas State University, BA Political Science

David L. Jackson, Jr.: Central High School, High School Diploma; Sanford-Brown Business College, Hazelwood MO, AA; Community College of the US Air Force, Montgomery, AL, BS; University of North Las Vegas, BS; St. Louis Community College, BS

A13) Are you or have you been a parent, foster parent, or guardian of a child who attends or attended a Public School? Yes or No. If Yes, identify in what City. If  as St. Louis City resident, identify whether Neighborhood School, Magnet School, Charter School, or County School via Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: Yes. Neighborhood/Magnet- Beaumont, Bunche, Compton Drew, Dewey, Gateway HS, Gateway Middle, Gilkey Pamoja, Mason, McKinley, Soldan, Stix, Turner Middle, Vashon, Wilkinson

Joyce M. Roberts: No

Adam Layne: No

Bill (William C.) Haas: Yes. Pattonville District

Jared Opsal:
No

Cydney E. Johnson: No

David L. Jackson, Jr.: Yes  – did not provide district(s) and type of school(s)

A14) How many St. Louis City School Board meetings did you attend in the last 3 years? Please provide a number. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: 98%

Joyce M. Roberts: 10

Adam Layne: 2

Bill (William C.) Haas: All but 3

Jared Opsal: 4

Cydney E. Johnson: 4

David L. Jackson, Jr.: 30

A15) How many St. Louis City Special Administrative Board meetings did you attend in the last 3 years? Please provide a number. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: 50%

Joyce M. Roberts: 4

Adam Layne: 0

Bill (William C.) Haas: 3 or 4

Jared Opsal: 2

Cydney E. Johnson: 0

David L. Jackson, Jr.: 25

A16) Did you attend one or more of the School District Governance Task Force public forums/meetings? Yes or No. If Yes, did you testify? If Yes, did you request return of the school district to elected governance? Yes or No. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: Yes. Yes. Yes.

Joyce M. Roberts: Yes. Yes. Yes.

Adam Layne: No

Bill (William C.) Haas: Yes. Yes. Yes.

Jared Opsal: Yes. No.

Cydney E. Johnson: No

David L. Jackson, Jr.: Yes. No.

A17) Pets. Provide name + species & breed + rescue or not rescue. This is not an essay question. If your pet is recently deceased, provide same information and note recently deceased if you wish.

Donna R. Jones: None

Joyce M. Roberts: Sammie, fish

Adam Layne: None

Bill (William C.) Haas: Candidate submitted an essay on the many animals he has rescued and now living and deceased. We requested a re-write to conform with instructions. Candidate did not do so and became argumentative. Once he used “bully,” we stopped pursuing a re-write from him. At some later date, the organization will decide if and how to release correspondence with and from this candidate.

Jared Opsal: 
Frisco, dog, unknown mix, rescue; Turtle, dog, unknown mix, rescue

Cydney E. Johnson:
name not provided, dog, mixed breed, rescue, recently deceased

David L. Jackson, Jr.: None

A18) Name your favorite architectural landmark or public art in City of St. Louis, other than Gateway Arch or Old Courthouse, and why. (30 words or less)

Donna R. Jones: I love Missouri Botanical Gardens. I have a serious passion for plant life, especially flowers. I so wish my neighborhood, Walnut Park, resembled the gardens. Such peace and tranquility.

Joyce M. Roberts: Homer G. Phillips Hospital. All of my siblings were born there. My sister later worked there. The design of the wards are forever a part of my memory. The location… 

Adam Layne: 
Cherokee Street.  I like the events that occur on Cherokee and poetry performances at different venues along the street.

Bill (William C.) Haas: Forest Park where I ran with my dogs for 25 years or so until my hip went bad, and lobbied for more restrooms for the three mile stretch that…

Jared Opsal: 
City Hall, it is a beautiful building that provides citizens the opportunity to express their thoughts with those in power.

Cydney E. Johnson: Club Imperial, the history there is unmistakable.

David L. Jackson, Jr.: St. Louis Meeting of the Waters Fountain in front of Union Station.  It displays the artistry and sophistication of St. Louis’s past. 

A19) Over the past 2 years, how often did you ride a Metro bus or train? Choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Rarely, Never. This is not an essay question.

Donna R. Jones: Rarely

Joyce M. Roberts: Rarely

Adam Layne: Rarely

Bill (William C.) Haas: Rarely

Jared Opsal: Monthly

Cydney E. Johnson: Daily

David L. Jackson, Jr.: Rarely

A20) Provide the title and author of the last book you read and completed (other than sacred book  such as Torah, Bible, Koran) and when you read it. This is not an essay question. Please provide book title + author name + month/year read.

Donna R. Jones: “Animals in Underwear” by Todd Parr, 9/2018. Currently teaching grand daughter to read. (permitting explanation since reading of children’s book deserves context)

Joyce M. Roberts: “The Third Chapter Passions, Risk and Adventure in the 25 years After 50″ by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, 9/2018 rereading

Adam Layne: “
Revolutionary Suicide” Dr. Huey P. Newton, 2/2018

Bill (William C.) Haas: None

Jared Opsal: “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv, 2018

Cydney E. Johnson: “
Souls of Black Folk” by WEB Dubois, August 2018

David L. Jackson, Jr.: “50 Years of St. Louis to Me” by Howard F. Baer, 2016

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