Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 24, 2014

A curious mind leads to school run

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — With the mind of a past educator Randy McGee starting getting curious and wondering if he could be a guy who asks the right questions and helps Pauls Valley’s schools get even better.

It was this thought of maybe he could step in and figure out a better way to maximize the way local schools were doing things that led to McGee’s decision to run for a spot on the school board.

McGee is set as one of three candidates running for a place on the PV Board of Education during an election on Feb. 11.

Others are incumbent Joe Don Looney, who is looking for a third five-year term, and fellow challenger Brandi Harris.

“I have a willingness to serve,” McGee said. “I have a willingness to seek the answers.

“If you can help you should help. I don’t have an agenda. I don’t have an ax to grind,” he said.

“If I have an ax to grind it would be to see our kids have an absolutely first class opportunity to learn.”

The idea of running for school board actually came to McGee when he was contacted by some local residents who apparently thought he would be a good candidate for the job.

McGee pondered on the idea and decided his background both in and out of the classroom might be a good fit for the local school board.

He is very familiar with Pauls Valley having been born and raised here before graduating from PVHS in 1970.

“The thing I have is a good education. I got a good education here in Pauls Valley,” he said, while describing it as a “well rounded” education.

Now a farmer, McGee’s background is filled with so much more.

Back in the 1980s he spent some time on the PV City Council and was a member of the local Planning and Zoning Commission.

Currently he’s a member of the Garvin County Fair Board, which oversees the policies for the county fairgrounds in Pauls Valley.

Also back in the ‘80s, he owned and operated a local landmark, Field’s Restaurant, in the downtown area.

All that background goes far deeper as McGee spent a handful of years working as a college professor in Oklahoma City.

“As an educator I want you to learn something every day,” McGee said. “What does a child deserve but to get the best possible education that you can give them.

“Maybe they are,” he said, referring to students and the local school district today.

Still, with his background in education McGee naturally keeps looking at things in an analytical way, always wondering if things can be done better to provide children with the best possible education.

“We need to take each child and help maximize their abilities. Let’s shoot for the moon for them. I would like to see light bulbs go off everywhere,” McGee said about an education that truly gets each student to think.

“Philosophically I believe we all have our pets, our areas of interest we would like to see,” he said. “Mine is education.

“I wonder is it everything it can be, the schools. Can I help? I don’t know. But I do have the willingness to ask the questions, a willingness to make the tough decisions.

“I don’t know if I can do anything, but I can ask the questions.”