Board Election Candidates 2022

Posted on 01/26/2022
Board Election Candidates 2022


Candidate filing for the April 5, 2022 election to the Francis Howell School District Board of Education was open from Dec. 7 – Dec. 28, 2021. The terms of current Board members Mike Hoehn and Michelle Walker will expire in April 2022.

Board candidates are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot. All information has been provided by the candidate. Bios and photos are unedited and appear here exactly as submitted.

Read more about the Board Election process here. 

Meet the Candidates

CHRISTINE HYMAN
Christine HymanMy family moved to St. Charles in 2005. I have three children; Elizabeth (FHN 2010) teaches at UMKC. Corey (15), does not attend FHSD and, Elise (14) will graduate FHN in 2025. I worked ten years at the St. Charles Convention Center as the venue Accounting and HR Manager. I am active in the community as a volunteer with animal rescue and was a Girl Scout leader/co-leader for seven years. I have been involved with FHSD since 2006. I have been a room mom, building/classroom volunteer and am still involved with PTO.

At the district level I have been a member of the Strategic Academic Planning Committee, and Interview Committee for Superintendent when Dr. Sloan retired and Dr. Hendricks-Harris was hired. I've been attending School Board Meetings since 2006. I am a Board Member and National Chapter Director for TransParentUSA. I am an advocate for women, children and the LGBTQ+ Community. I am a small business owner. I enjoy reading non fiction and listening to Classic Rock. The kids and I enjoy hiking in our many St. Charles County Parks and spending time with our animal babies. Visit Christine Hyman's website.


ADAM BERTRAND
Adam BertrandAdam Bertrand was raised in St. Charles County, an alumnus of the Francis Howell School District, and now a candidate for Board of Education.  After graduation he went on to get a degree from Mizzou and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has four children in the district, and knows the importance of the educational system to district families.

Mr. Bertrand spent the last 15 years of his career helping businesses make improvements that lead to exceptional experiences for their clients and customers. His goal is to see the district make improvements within Fiscal Management, Educational Excellence, and Transparency.  You may find more information at votebertrand.com.


RANDY COOK JR.
Randy CookI am a father with children in the district, a longtime resident of St. Peters, and an engineer. My focus as a board member will be on curriculum/academics, fiscal responsibility, support of our educators, and transparency to the public. The administration must be more transparent with spending so the board can properly understand the trade-offs and make fiscally responsible decisions. Prop S spending has clearly shown that we need a change on the school board if we ever expect suitable transparency and fiscal responsibility.

I will exercise prudence and limit spending to only those things that truly help students. I’ve read through teacher feedback from a recent survey and, in addition to salary increases, teachers are asking for things that do not cost money; we need to implement those we can. I believe each student deserves curriculum that appropriately challenges them, that’s why I support keeping challenge courses in our district, as well as programs for gifted students. Finally, I recognize that I will be accountable to the parents and our community—not the administration—I will never forget that. I invite you to visit CookForFHSD.com to learn more about me and my positions.


JUSTIN MCCOY
Justin McCoyI’m a father of two boys and a husband to my beautiful wife, Caitlin. I lost my mother at the age of 10 and went on to be raised by a single father. My little sister suffered from severe mental illness which created major challenges for my family growing up. Therefore, I completely understand the complications that happen on the other side of my neighbors’ front doors.

I believe all children in FHSD deserve equitable access to a quality public education. All personal politics belong outside of teachers' ability to provide opportunities for their students' futures and enhance their ability to capture those opportunities. Our teachers always need to be heard, supported, and valued as they mentor and empower the foundational skills for our children to become lifelong learners prepared for adulthood. For FHSD to provide the best stewardship in this process, I believe that the publicly elected School Board decisions directly affecting our kids' educations should be made based on facts, equity, measurable data, and supported by advice from experts in their respective fields. I want all children within our community to grow up in a school where they feel supported, encouraged, motivated, loved, heard, respected, and challenged.


RICK RICE
Rick RiceMy wife and I moved to the Francis Howell School District twenty-one years ago. We have three children and three grandchildren. I’m a graduate of Pattonville High School and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a second Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Lindenwood University. For the past thirty-six years, I worked in the transportation industry managing, selling, and supervising. I’m also the founder of a software company that develops and maintains critical hazardous material software for the top shipping and logistics companies.

In the past year, I left full time work to focus on growing my business and to spend more time with my family. This school year, I started substituting part time as a paraprofessional in the Francis Howell School District and have enjoyed getting to know the students and staff members in our district. I also hold a certificate in substitute teaching from Missouri DESE. I’m running for the Francis Howell School Board because I believe the board needs a member from the business community to help care for the district’s and taxpayer’s financial interest while creating the best possible educational experience for our students. Visit Rick Rice's website.


MIKE HOEHN

Mike HoehnI have proudly served on the BOE for twelve years. During my time on the BOE our district has achieved many great things and is one of the top districts in the state. I am honored to be on many committees as an advocate for our community, teachers and kids. I am an active community member. My priority has always been the students, not the latest political movement. My priority will continue to be the students, that they continue to get a great education. I take pride that our community gets the most value for their tax dollars.

To say that the last two years have been a challenge is an understatement. Last year, we were one of a handful of schools to offer a choice of in-person learning or virtual. The best place for kids to learn is in the classroom.  I have had to make numerous votes regarding masks. Each and every vote was made to provide students with the opportunity to stay in school or to provide additional safety. I am asking for your continued support to be a commonsense voice for the community and our district. My first priority will always be our kids. 
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