New School Board member eager to give back to community

Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Chatfield’s School Board welcomed Rick Lowrey to its membership following the Nov. 5 election. 

Lowrey has lived in Chatfield for the past 15 years and chose to run for School Board because he wanted to give back to the community. He received the most votes in a race that had two candidates on the ballot of a special election to fill the remaining term of an open seat, currently held by appointee F. Mike Tuohy.

“I was excited to hear I’d won, as it was my first time ever running for an elected position,” he said. “I want to give back to the community.  It is a small community that is very welcoming, and I have been grateful for the school district in the past for what they have offered my children in their educations, and I want to give back.  What interests me most about being on the board is supporting the next generation of students.”   

Lowrey looks forward to “serving as an advocate for all students and assuring that I have helped accommodate the students’ needs in their school,” he said. “Some important issues I see the district facing are their finances and their lack of diverse academic programs. Some challenges I foresee are understanding the current finances of the school district and helping to fine-tune them. I hope to incorporate a trades program within the current academic programs. It is a top priority to me that I can do what I can to address these issues.” 

Lowrey is employed as an IUOE Local 49 heavy equipment operator. He has been married to his wife, Lorri, for nearly 22 years and is a father of three children – Jason, 20, Maggie, 19, and Aaron, 17. 

“I am a family man, and my kids always come first,” he said. “I enjoy helping my father-in-law out on the farm in my free time at home, and when I vacation, I enjoy going fishing with friends and family.”   

Now that he is on the School Board, he said he would like to work with his fellow board members to make a difference for Chatfield’s students. 

“I hope to learn how to work as a team to create a successful school district,” he said. “I am very supportive of educating our future generation and doing what I can to meet their current needs to prosper in the future.”