Johns looks to join father on board

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 am

Nathan Johns is hoping to be the next public servant in his family.

Johns filed last week for election to the school board for Gretna Public Schools.

Nathan’s father, Ron Johns, already serves on the school board and has two years remaining on his term.

Both Nathan’s grandfather and uncle served on school boards, with his grandfather serving in Millard and his uncle in Illinois.

Johns has two students currently enrolled in Gretna Public Schools. Both are in Palisades Elementary School, a third-grader and a first-grader. His third child will enter kindergarten this fall at Palisades.

“One of my kids has really struggled in school this year,” he said. “I want to make sure no kids are falling through the cracks.

“I want to make sure we’re providing the resources they need to them.”

Johns said he doesn’t see sitting on the same board as his father as a problem.

“I think I can vote different from my dad if I needed to,” Johns said. “If I felt the issue warranted it, I could vote differently.”

Johns is a 1998 graduate of GHS who now works at First National Bank. He said one of his main concerns is making sure Gretna Public Schools has a strategic plan in place for expansion in the coming years.

“I’m not sure what Gretna’s plan is,” he said. “We continue to add houses. We have to make sure we have a plan in place.

“We also have to think about a transition in leadership. (Superintendent) Dr. (Kevin) Riley won’t be here forever. No one knows when he will retire, but it’s something we have to prepare for.”

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