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R-VIII School Board Candidate - Mark McLeod


Mark McLeod is originally from Greenbrier, Tenn., where he graduated from high school in 1987. While in the military service, he went on to receive a Bachelor in Applied Science from Troy University in July 2009. His wife, Shannon, graduated from Houston, Mo., schools.
They met while she was working at Ft. Leonard Wood Army base and he was stationed there. He completed his basic training for the Tennessee National Guard at Ft. Leonard Wood and was again stationed there for active duty in 1990. “I was deployed out of FLW to serve in the Desert Shield/Desert Storm conflict, then to Korea for a non-dependent tour. I remained in the military as an Army Recruiter, retiring with 25 years of active duty service in 2015. I am a member of the American Legion and the VFW,” says McLeod.
Mark and Shannon have a daughter, Alexis, who is a junior at Missouri State-Springfield majoring in Elementary Education and a son, Connor, who is a sophomore at Licking High School.
The McLeod family lived in several states and communities during his military service. It was their desire to eventually settle the family in a small, rural community with hometown values. They settled in Licking in 2015, closer to Shannon’s family. McLeod has been with the U.S. Postal Service in surrounding areas, transferring to a permanent position in Licking.
McLeod believes his strengths would be helping to make sure that decisions continue to be made with all available information. He would participate in incorporating problem-solving skills and identifying all courses of action, with all available facts, then choosing the better path for the situation and for all concerned. He believes the community and the school support each other and must continue to work together as a team.
“I feel the urge, the need and the desire to serve my school district and my community by filling an available vacancy on the school board. I enjoy working with people and for the community, which is why I enjoy working at the post office,” says McLeod. “Having a diverse background of living in multiple communities while with the military, combined with the unique experience of recruiting, has allowed me exposure to many different schools and school districts. I would like to bring that experience and knowledge to the Licking school district and apply it in continuing the productiveness of the school, the community and therefore the welfare of the children.”

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