Stand-up comic gets serious as new member of Grandview school board

He may be a well-known stand-up comic. But Elliott Threatt is completely serious about the new role he accepted this week. Threatt hopes he can provide the Grandview Board of Education with more than just levity.

Threatt is now a member of the school board. He ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election.

To Threatt, his new role is no joke. With three children who attend district schools, he has a vested interest in the Grandview School District. At the outset, he’d like to assist the district with its public relations.

“I’ve noticed that it’s really hard to get the perception of the school district out for all the good things it does,” Threatt said. “That was my interest in running. They have great teaching talent. And they have very capable members on the board.”

Threatt has been performing comedy for more than 20 years. He still appears several times a month at venues such as Stanford & Sons Comedy Club. Now he’s equally as excited about his new role.

“I’ve always had an interest in education,” Threatt said. “There are not a lot of layers between the teachers and the superintendent. If you do things right, problems are solved right away