Clear Creek Amana school board candidate questionnaires

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In the Clear Creek Amana Community School District, incumbent Bob Broghammer is facing Scott Rohret in a run off for the District 2 seat. Nikki Knapp is running unopposed in District 4, and incumbent Eileen Schmidt is facing Kathy Swenka and Shawn Zierke in the race for the at-large position on the board.

All responses come directly from the candidate and have not been edited for space or grammar by The Gazette. We are providing their full unedited responses, so that the public can experience the candidate’s thoughts and stances in full.

Bob Broghammer

District: Clear Creek Amana

Age: 51

Educational Background: Decorah High School and University of Iowa

Occupation: Electrician

Questions

Do you have any children enrolled in the school district for the board seat you are seeking?

All of my Children Attended and Graduated from Clear Creek Amana

Have you held any prior elected offices? If yes, please list them.

I have been on the School Board since 2011

What other volunteer or community involvement should voters know about? Please explain below.

I am a volunteer track and football coach at CCA. In track I work primarily with the girls throwers. In football I work with the Linebackers. I also volunteer with the Colts youth organization which is a Drum and Bugle Corp out of Dubuque

Are there any issues, personal or professional, in which you have a conflict and may not be able to vote? If yes, please explain.

No

Why are you running for school board?

Clear Creek Amana is a growing school district. I want to help keep the quality of education in place as we grow.

What are the three largest issues facing the district? What will you do to address them?

1. Growing schools district. Continue to have the facilities in place for the students to have a great education.
2. Very low state supplemental aid. Continue to work School Superintendent and Board Members to find cost effective solutions and still give the students a quality education. Changing technology. Staying abreast of the changes and and what the students need.

If you're forced to cut the school district's budget, where do you look for savings? What would your funding priorities be? Please explain your answer.

No Answer Provided.

What are the district's strengths? What will you do to support them?

The districts strengths are the students and the people of the community. Continue to look for cost effective ways to offer quality facilities and and quality education.

What areas can the school district improve or change? What will you do to help lead that improvement or change?

Communication - Work with Board, Administration and Parents to find and develop as many ways as possible to communicate with the community.

Why should voters elect you and not one of your opponents?

No Answer Provided

How will you communicate with constituents and board members? What should the district do to communicate with those who don't have kids in the district?

No Answer Provided

How should the district handle long term facility needs? What process do you envision supporting?

We have recently put together a 5 and 10 year facilities plan with the help of a community facilities committee.

Eileen Schmidt

District: Clear Creek Amana

Age: 47

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BHA), near completion of Master in Business and Health Administration (MBA/MHA)

Occupation: Parent, Student, Healthcare Professional

Questions

Do you have any children enrolled in the school district for the board seat you are seeking?

Yes

Have you held any prior elected offices? If yes, please list them.

Elected for the Boards of Director in 2009 and 2013.

What other volunteer or community involvement should voters know about? Please explain below.

"I have volunteered numerous times in different events for the Clear Creek Amana School District since 2004.
Johnson County, Iowa City , IA Serving as a Board Member, Sep 2009 – Sep 2011
Committee selected member from October 2011-March 2012 developing an Tiffin City Administrator position.
Clear Creek Amana Youth Little League 2013- present "

Are there any issues, personal or professional, in which you have a conflict and may not be able to vote? If yes, please explain.

No

Why are you running for school board?

The reason that I am running for School Board I want to look out students and the education they receive. The Children educated at CCA and the challenges to building bridges for their education through working with the right resources that enhance their learning. I have served two terms (8 years) on the Clear Creek Amana School Board. The start of my experience began in 2009 until present. The experience that I have obtained during the eight years is dealing with a growing district, understanding the education and financial structure within the public school system. I have also established relationships with our Community, Schools and City Administrators along with children educated within the district. I educate myself, research and acquire facts before making decisions that impact the children and community of the Clear Creek Amana School District.

What are the three largest issues facing the district? What will you do to address them?

1). First and foremost is looking out for our students and the education they receive. Clear Creek School District is an excellent school district that continues to grow. With growth comes more challenges. I will keep the challenges active for the children of Clear Creek Amana not losing sight of their education.
2). As the district continues to grow, I will continue to be the watchdog for the communities, ensuring that students get the best education for the tax dollars spent.
3). As a campaigning for my 3rd term, I will continue to research, ask questions and document as problems are brought to my attention and addressed ensuring that accountability is met. The way that I address issues is by communication, educating myself and documentation.

If you're forced to cut the school district's budget, where do you look for savings? What would your funding priorities be? Please explain your answer.

Forcing to cut the school district budget is a hard question because it does affect children and you never want to take away from their education. My first step, would be educating myself. I would ask questions involving the advocate personnel that participates with the school district budget. This information and education helps with understanding and determine the correct decision for our school district.

What are the district's strengths? What will you do to support them?

"Clear Creek Amana is a growing district that has incredible resources that surround them. As a district, over the past eight years of my service on the board, we have utilized those resources. Example, the STEM Center was proposed to us by Kirkwood. CCA was the first to build a center in the state of Iowa. We are fortunate to have contracts with schools that surround us. The way that I will continue to support the strengths of our district is to ask questions, educate myself, bring topics and ideas to the board table to benefit our children and the education that they receive."

What areas can the school district improve or change? What will you do to help lead that improvement or change?

"The continuous improvements that enhance a district are communication, working together and having the correct facts from all entities with in our community enrich our children and the education that they receive. The things that I will continue to do is have an open door policy to listen, communicate and address issues. I will continue to educate myself, ask questions and research for facts to help lead the improvement or change."

Why should voters elect you and not one of your opponents?

As a parent that has two Middle School children within the district, I bring value to the board during the decisions making process. My discussion, understanding, and decision at board table are focused towards all children educated at Clear Creek Amana. The agenda that I have is to make the best decisions for our children within the district.

How will you communicate with constituents and board members? What should the district do to communicate with those who don't have kids in the district?

My main way of communication is an open door policy. I am willing to listen, answer questions and address issues. As for the district, the continuing reaching out and having questions asked of members of the schools delivers messages that entails information.

How should the district handle long term facility needs? What process do you envision supporting?

Over the last eight years being part of the Clear Creek Amana School Board a five and a ten-year plan of predicted growth has been established. This preparation brings a focus on long term facility needs while monitoring the present and future growth. The process that I will support is to be an education watchdog for our community, get the best education for the tax dollars spent while facilities may be established.

Kathy Swenka

District: Clear Creek Amana

Age: 56

Educational Background: Early Childhood degree

Occupation: Preschool teacher

Questions

Do you have any children enrolled in the school district for the board seat you are seeking?

No

Have you held any prior elected offices? If yes, please list them.

No

What other volunteer or community involvement should voters know about? Please explain below.

I am a leader and mentor in the Early Childhood field. A Johnson County Farm Bureau director where I am currently serving as Vice President and a commisssioner on the Johnson County Zoning board.

Are there any issues, personal or professional, in which you have a conflict and may not be able to vote? If yes, please explain.

No

Why are you running for school board?

Now that our five children have graduated CCA, I have the time to give back to our district. With so many new, young families moving into our district the Board needs the diversity, knowledge and voice the Early Childhood field bring to the table.

What are the three largest issues facing the district? What will you do to address them?

"Keeping are classroom small with high achieving teachers who reach for the stars for student achievement. Tax increment financing (TIF) cost CCA Taxpayers $2.00 per one thousand dollar assess value, and why I will continue to lobby state elected officials to fund k-12 schools appropriately. I will conitunue to support new elementary facilities that keeps K-5 students within their neighborhoods and prevent long bus routes. Espically as it is becoming more difficult to find bus drivers. "

If you're forced to cut the school district's budget, where do you look for savings? What would your funding priorities be? Please explain your answer.

Rather than making drastic cuts to an all ready struggling budget. I will continue to lobby our state elected officials, to increase the state supplemently aid (SSA) and look for ineffiences within the budget. My proprieties are and research has proven students learn best in small classroom with high achieving teachers. Small classrooms allow teachers to reach the needs of every student and retaining our high achieving and caring staff and administration creates students success. Without these goals schools don't produce students, who can think outside the box for an ever changing global world.

What are the district's strengths? What will you do to support them?

Our district supports the individual student and administration/staff is caring and understanding of family needs. In CCA you are recognized for your individual qualities and staff reaches for the stars in student achievement. To support staff and students I will be voting yes on our current bond. Students need desks for educating and teachers need small classrooms to meet the needs of their students. CCA prides ourselves on affording students the oppurituny to participate in multiple sports and activities such as band, drama or chorus. Here you are individual not a number like larger schools.

What areas can the school district improve or change? What will you do to help lead that improvement or change?

Writing policies that align with state code, that is easy accessible on the CCA website for families. I will encourage updating the website on a regular basis. Advocate on behave of students and faculity to maintain our facility needs to keep up with growth.

Why should voters elect you and not one of your opponents?

"Our family is four generations within the district and has watched the rapid growth occur over the last few years. I have been teaching preschool for over 20 years. To stay on the cutting edge and be a high achieving teacher I take yearly, 12 CEU's. I work one on one with each family and understand the challenges they experience moving into a new community, from transitioning into their new home, to learning the area. Moving is very stressful on the whole family and why I reach out and offer my assistance. Such as, guiding them to shopping areas, locating resources for high quality childcare, doctors, dentists, or introducing them to new families. Why it is vital as a district, we maintain a small town, rural community welcoming our new neighbors. When a family feels welcome in the district a connection is felt. Which in turn, makes the student comforable and ready for education on their first day of school. When students have a strong start in their early years this leads to a successful academic future. I will advocate for students of all age. I am very approachable and always willing to listen to others. As a long standing district member, I have many resources and connections I can share with families. I will continue to advocate for small classrooms with high achieving teacher, so CCA students are educated as global thinkers outside the box. Work with other board members as team for the best interest of CCA administration, staff and students."

How will you communicate with constituents and board members? What should the district do to communicate with those who don't have kids in the district?

I believe respectful, verbal communitcation is key, listening to others opinions, ideas and questions. Being apart of the community events is how we reach families without students. I will be available for conversations at school events, a local coffee shop or community events such as Tiffin days, North Liberty BBQ, Knights of Columbus fish fries, Cosgrove Pork days and so on. I am very approachable and always willing to listen.

How should the district handle long term facility needs? What process do you envision supporting?

To have partnerships with all the cities within our district to version their growth and needs. I support the district in using a research firm to determine the future growth. To use this research and information to provide faciities for students in a fiscal responsible manner. I support city council and CCA board meetings.

Scott Rohret

District: Clear Creek Amana

Age: 54

Educational Background: I graduate from Clear Creek/Amana back in 1981. I receive a Degree from Kirkwood in Business Technology and later when to U of I. with my interest in Business/Economics

Occupation: I have 54 yrs. of experience in running a farm operation along with 20 plus yrs in commodity marketing business near the Cosgrove area.

Questions

Do you have any children enrolled in the school district for the board seat you are seeking?

Yes

Have you held any prior elected offices? If yes, please list them.

Board member of the Cosgrove Institute

What other volunteer or community involvement should voters know about? Please explain below.

"Member of the CCA Booster Club. Volunteer for different school sporting events. Volunteer for and belong to St Peter Church"

Are there any issues, personal or professional, in which you have a conflict and may not be able to vote? If yes, please explain.

Know---This is the reason I am running for School Board. I want to support the common interest of the School District and work with the other 6 School Board Officer in finding a common agreement.

Why are you running for school board?

Because I want to be the voice of the common interest in this School District and work with the other 6 School Board Member in finding a common agreement

What are the three largest issues facing the district? What will you do to address them?

"1) I want to stress the great School District we are in. Out side of Iowa City and having great employment-- Business/Companies are in our School District. The amount of School Taxes these Business/Companies are paying in help building our Schools and a projection of the Taxes our School district will get from all the other future Business/Companies that will be coming into our School District to pay for our Kids Education and Schools......
2) I want to stress the Quality Education we have at CCA.. How I want to find more a way our Teacher can find and build the Talents our kids have. And Prepare them even more to father their education into College or the work force after they graduate from High School.
3) I want to stress the important for us, our School District to pass our School Bond for us and our kids. But for this School District to understand that the companies in our School District are paying in School Taxes and the projection amount of School Taxes that these new Business/Companies will be paying to help build our Schools. "

If you're forced to cut the school district's budget, where do you look for savings? What would your funding priorities be? Please explain your answer.

"I would have to look at our School borderers. the kids coming into our School District and the revenue our School District receive from the kids and the Business/Companies that are in the area. I would want to stress the importance the Projection of the new Business/Companies that are coming into our School District , the Money/Taxes they will be paying to help build and pay for our Education/ Schools in that area. How they will help build our Schools and better our Education for our kids.... "

What are the district's strengths? What will you do to support them?

"Our School District have great family, parents and kids in it. We all what the best education for our kids. I want to help inform all the family, parents in our School District how we will pay for building Schools and our kids education. I want to be the strongest voice in our School Board Meeting for the people in our School District."

What areas can the school district improve or change? What will you do to help lead that improvement or change?

"Most important the education for our kids. As our school district grow-- the more different talents our kids will have our School will have to serve. The more our kids talent's have and our parents need to stress it more to our School board to do more... This is what I am here for, standing up to voice for. Understanding the Property Taxes we are paying is a insure. I want our 7-School Board Officer to do more working with the Towns/City and our County Administration about the School Taxes we receive from the business in our School District, give more information of the prediction of the new Business/Companies that are coming into our School District that help build our Schools. Scott Rohret "

Why should voters elect you and not one of your opponents?

"I have grew up in the Clear Creek/Amana School District all my life. I what the most for our kids, their education, to be the person to help prepare them were they go after High School... I do have my boy a Junior this year in High School. he is very active in School and I do what the most for him and for all of our kids in school. "

How will you communicate with constituents and board members? What should the district do to communicate with those who don't have kids in the district?

"Most important for us the 7- School Board Member is to lesson to and speak for the all the people in our School District. It is important for us, our School Board Officer to discuss what the people in our School District concern, to reach a mutual agreement. I think we may need to make these main discussion we have at our School Board Meeting more open, sharing it more on CCA website and local news papers for people to read. "

How should the district handle long term facility needs? What process do you envision supporting?

When I come in as a School Board Officer I will work with the other 6 School board officers and we will work more with the Town/Cities and our County administration on property Taxes. I want to make the home owners in our School District be more aware how much Taxes these Business/Companies in our District are paying in School Taxes. I what make people aware of in our School District a prediction of how many more Business/Companies coming to our School District and the amount of money our School District will receive in Taxes for these Business/Companies.

Shawn M. Zierke

District: Clear Creek Amana

Age: 45

Educational Background: "MPH-Policy, UI College of Public Health, Aging & Disability Policy Specialty, MBA - Social Entrepreneurship, Kenney College, BA - Health Sciences, UI, AA, AAS - Liberal Arts – Kirkwood"

Occupation: Senior Accommodations Analyst for ACT in Iowa City. I support students with disabilities as they make accommodation requests

Questions

Do you have any children enrolled in the school district for the board seat you are seeking?

Yes

Have you held any prior elected offices? If yes, please list them.

No

What other volunteer or community involvement should voters know about? Please explain below.

"Current: Chair, Johnson County Task Force on Aging, 6/2012 to present
Member, Heritage Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, 6/14 to present
Associate Member, OIL – Older Iowans Legislature, 9/2013 to present

Past: Board Chair, Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor
Member, Iowa Public Health Association, IPHA
Chair, Aging in Place Action Team of the Johnson County Livable Community for Successful Aging Policy Ambassador, Board UI College of Public Health, Student Ambassador Program
Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
SIPE, Students for Interprofessional Education UI Chapter
Iowa City Blue Zones Committee"

Are there any issues, personal or professional, in which you have a conflict and may not be able to vote? If yes, please explain.

No

Why are you running for school board?

The school board sets the vision and goals for the school district, and holds the district accountable for results. I don’t believe that one school board member can do the job alone. Effective school board members contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with other board members. I believe I bring a skill set that will enhance the board’s functioning, particularly in the area of vision casting, leadership for quality instruction and student learning, legal/policy making expertise, and advocacy experience. I believe I have good analytical, leadership and collaborative skills to move this district forward. I believe that the district leadership is in great need of board members who can guide, direct and hold the Superintendent accountable for outcomes in student achievement and fiscal innovation.

What are the three largest issues facing the district? What will you do to address them?

"The three largest issues facing CCA district are enrollment numbers exceeding capacity, educational funding cuts at state/federal levels, and the need to align high school curriculum offerings and utilization with that of business and industry needs, as well as, preparing students for higher education.
Besides ensuring we have adequate physical space to house students, there are a variety of interventions that can effectively address this challenge beyond altering the built environment – over the short term, and only if enrollment is slowing. Of course these short term interventions, which include busing students to Oxford and Amana, splitting the school day and sharing classrooms with morning and afternoon school sessions, are just ways to utilize the built environment that already exists. Short of outsourcing the educational environment, i.e. online school, dual enrollment, Kirkwood Academy (which only addresses grades 9-12), the built environment and space needs have to be addressed when discussing management of increasing enrollment numbers. I support the latest referendum, but believe that we need to offer voters/taxpayers in our district a value proposition; we need to continue to improve on the district strengths seen at the Elementary and Middle School level and no longer continue to drop the ball at the high school. We need to think outside of the box to ensure exceptional outcomes and that we have the money to fund them. There are more cost shifting and non-traditional funding opportunities that the district has not really looked at, but I will bring an emphasis to this if I am elected. ""Thinking outside of the box"" means looking outside of traditional school funding sources, so I would be looking for business/school partnerships and investments. This would bring money into the district. Public Health grants and service learning grants could potentially subsidize some general fund line items giving our district taxpayers a value proposition for their investment in the district. There are tool kits and other similar examples of success using these resources all across the country."

If you're forced to cut the school district's budget, where do you look for savings? What would your funding priorities be? Please explain your answer.

"We have to look at utilizing the resources we already have and, at the same time, think outside of the box. We currently have agreements with Kirkwood Regional Center, Williamsburg High School, and a few others. I would look to potentially expand the use of these agreements. For example, Kirkwood Academy programming for Senior Year Plus (or dual enrollment in college courses that also count toward graduation requirements) has only historically been utilized by seniors at CCA, because the administration has fostered a false notion that students must first exhaust the school district curriculum prior to enrollment in Senior Year Plus courses, and this is simply not accurate. In fact, for the 2017 fall semester just 57 students are enrolled via Kirkwood Academy/PSEO, and 52 of these students are seniors only 5 are juniors. The opportunity that the Iowa Legislature made available to parents and students through Senior Year Plus funding, of enhancing educational opportunities and potentially offsetting the costs of a college education all while attending high school, has not been made readily available to CCA students and parents. Just the 57 students taking courses this fall at KCC, only costs the district $14,250, so a fraction of the cost of hiring a full time instructor and it frees of classroom space by 57 during those class times. ""Thinking outside of the box"" means looking outside of traditional school funding sources, so I would be looking for business/school partnerships and investments. This would bring money into the district. Public Health grants and service learning grants could potentially subsidize some general fund line items giving our district taxpayers a value proposition for their investment in the district. There are tool kits and other similar examples of success using these resources all across the country."

What are the district's strengths? What will you do to support them?

CCA has highly engaged educators, amazing elementary and middle school leaders, strong STEM at Middle School, even I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Recipient: Reagan Boeset is one our teachers! We have engaged parent groups/sports boosters, and a well-established Foundation. I would support these strengths, by increasing professional development opportunities for educators, with a focus on changing needs of each generation, technology developments, and how to incorporate technology into the classroom instruction, seeking out additional STEM funding opportunities and business relationships in the community to support current programming. In addition, the strengths of the district are supported through the built environment; therefore, managing the enrollment impact of the district is important. One of the challenges for the school board to ensure that policies and curriculum offerings align with the changing needs of each cohort of students. That means that we are seeking out school and business partnerships, creative educational grants that can support district goals, but also allow for cost shifting. We need a plan that brings our varied strengths together, to create a strong district with high achieving and successful students.

What areas can the school district improve or change? What will you do to help lead that improvement or change?

"Although we have strong programs and supports from Elementary Schools to the Middle School, the High School programming has fallen short. We don’t have a mechanism, nor the trained staff in place to identify gifted students at the high school and overall, we still teach to the middle. We need to develop our high school counseling staff to effectively guide students, and support parents in goal setting with their student – career and guidance counseling – preparing for voc/ed programs and trades, and sponsoring workshops/classes on job skills and personal development. We need to arrange more job shadowing opportunities, industry mentors, work placements and more community based learning programs. CCA School Board Directors need to think outside of the box.
Although, CCA has highly engaged educators, amazing elementary & middle school leaders, strong STEM at Middle School, the High School level programming has fallen short. We still teach to the middle. We need to develop our high school counselors to effectively guide students, and support parents with career & guidance counseling – preparing for voc/ed programs, trades, & sponsoring workshops/classes on job skills & personal development. We need to arrange more job shadowing ops, industry mentors, work placements & more community based learning programs. One of the challenges for the school board to ensure that policy & curriculum offerings align with the changing needs of each cohort of students. That means that we are seeking out school and business partnerships, creative educational grants that can support district goals, but also allow for cost shifting. We need a plan that brings our varied strengths together, to create a strong district with high achieving and successful students. Once we convince our district’s tax payers to “buy and improve our buildings”, they need to feel like they invested in exceptional outcomes that these buildings facilitate. We need to clearly define our value proposition to the Clear Creek Amana Community.
Because of the boards seemingly unwillingness to approve Dual Enrollment courses, CCA students and their families miss out on opportunities for academic preparation and credit accumulation, advising and other support services, and a foundation for STEM and curriculum alignment with workforce needs, I will be a driving force behind leading this change. Also, I will hopefully enhance the district’s support for students with disabilities, Gifted and Talented at the high school level and the more challenging twice exceptional student population. I believe that the “rising tide will lift all ships”, even the CCA Clipper ship, and that policy improvements and practices that support policies will flood this district with exceptional opportunities and quality outcomes."

Why should voters elect you and not one of your opponents?

I have been married for over 25 years, and we have five children, three still in high school – and this year we have a fourth in high school via an exchange student from Austria. In 2014, I completed a Master of Public Health – Policy, specializing in Aging and Disability Policy. I have served as an Executive Director for non-profits and a board chair for others. I currently serve as the Chair of the Johnson County Task Force on Aging, and work as a Senior Accommodations Analyst for ACT in Iowa City. I support students with disabilities as they request accommodations to access our test. I have experience with what students require to succeed in the real world and how their experiences in the school system can adequately prepare them….or not. In 2013, I participated in a unique collaboration involving the University of Iowa partners and Iowa City Working Group Theater using art to start conversations and inspire empathy for those affected by bullying; the production was called “Out of Bounds”. As the former Executive Director for Iowa Counties Public Health Association, I represented county public health administrators all across our state. I have published and lectured on various workforce and educational innovations, and understand the untapped opportunity that exists via business and school partnerships for our district. I have extensive experience in grant writing, and grant management, which could also be an asset to the district. I am cost conscious, likely a derived skill set from the period of time my husband and I owned a restaurant. Service for the various volunteer organizations in combination with my work history has been an excellent training ground for honing my ability to negotiate, make constructive suggestions and find appropriate solutions to various issues within groups of diverse stakeholders. Voters should elect me because they are looking for a skill set that is lacking on the current board, and they want to know that I will endeavor to facilitate and fund exceptional outcomes for our district.

How will you communicate with constituents and board members? What should the district do to communicate with those who don't have kids in the district?

I will communicate directly, sincerely and openly. I own my mistakes and I will actively and vocally challenge misinformation and injustices. I understand the diversity of our two county, multi-town school district and I possess a unique skill set in understanding the needs of our seniors. The district needs to do a better job communicating outside of parent emails and website updates, and invest in some paper mailings to residents of the district. A quarterly mailing or a mid-year update with regular invites to the school for fine art performances and athletic events could possibly engage these folks who don’t have students in the district.

How should the district handle long term facility needs? What process do you envision supporting?

"Besides ensuring we have adequate physical space to house students, there are a variety of interventions that can effectively address this challenge beyond altering the built environment – over the short term, and only if enrollment is slowing. Of course these short term interventions, which include busing students, splitting the school day and sharing classrooms with morning and afternoon school sessions, are just ways to utilize the built environment that already exists. Short of outsourcing the educational environment, i.e. online school, dual enrollment, Kirkwood Academy (which only addresses grades 9-12), the built environment and space needs have to be addressed when discussing management of increasing enrollment numbers. I support the latest referendum, but believe that we need to offer voters/taxpayers in our district a value proposition; we need to continue to improve on the district strengths seen at the Elementary and Middle School level and no longer continue to drop the ball at the high school. We need to think outside of the box to ensure exceptional outcomes and that we have the money to fund them. There are more cost shifting and non-traditional funding opportunities that the district has not really looked at, but I will bring an emphasis to this if I am elected."

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