Editor's Note: In the recent filing for Mexico School Board of Education, two seats were open and two Mexico residents have filed. With only two filing, there will be no school board election in April.  Nate Birt and Scott Nichols will begin three-year terms on the school board in April. The two men have submitted information on themselves for the residents to learn more about them.

NATE BIRT

My name is Nate Birt, and I am pleased to be representing Mexico as a member of the Board of Education for the next three years. My family and I have been residents of Mexico since October 2012.

I work in Mexico for Farm Journal as content manager of our new Trust In Food™ platform, which is focused on rebuilding consumer trust in the U.S. food system. My wife, Julie, is a teacher and a Ph.D. candidate in science education at the University of Missouri. We have three sons – Micah, 6, is a first-grader at McMillan Elementary School; Titus, 5, is a preschooler at the YMCA Preschool; and Ezra is 3. Our first daughter is due in late March. I am a member of the Mexico church of Christ and secretary of the Audrain County Extension Council.

I love our community and believe in our schools. My objective is to support our school district in any way I can, bringing a unique outside perspective, the heart of a millennial parent and the strategic thinking of a communicator. I believe in strengthening families; supporting teachers, staff and administrators; and ensuring transparency.

In my new role, I will:

Advocate for our students, who represent the future of our community and our economy.

Champion our talented educators, staff and administrators.

Work collaboratively with Dr. Templeton and members of the board.

Commit to helping the district operate within its financial means and promote sustainable growth.

Ensure open lines of communication among all stakeholders in our public schools.

Be a watchdog for our district to ensure state lawmakers understand and support our needs.

SCOTT NICHOLS

My name is Scott Nichols. I am a product of Mexico school and graduated from Mexico High School in 2006. I am married to wife Sheila for the past five years and we have three awesome kids. Brooke Smithee, 10, and is in fourth -grade at McMillan Elementary School; Gage Nichols, 9, and is in third grade at Wellsville-Middletown R-1; and Caleb Nichols, 3, and is full of energy.

I have been employed at True Manufacturing for the past seven years and have also been a volunteer firefighter with Little Dixie Fire Protection District for the past 16 years.

One of the reasons I decided to run for the Mexico School Board was to do my part to ensure that the decisions made were focused on what was best for the students and teachers in our community. The other reason was to be able to better understand how schools work and understand where changes can be made to improve teaching and or policies to allow all students to see their full potential. I want to be the voice for people who feel like they do not have a voice or opinion in any matter.

I also feel I will make a good school board member because I feel that I'm a good listener and I try to take into account all sides before voicing my opinion.

As a board member I would like to see more of an open line of communication between all involved from the top to the bottom. This includes getting the public more aware of the meetings and school functions to draw in the support and help.