Bringing an open mind to the board

Planning for the future, recruiting the best talent and managing complex issues are something I have done for 35 years working for Rockwell Collins. As an active Board member, I will leverage my education and experience in conflict resolution and consensus building to help Linn-Mar continue to be great. We are accustomed to the highest standards, so we must maintain those standards when growing/retaining staff and facilities. Our teachers must have the resources they need to prepare our children for their future and lead successful, productive lives.

I sincerely believe that we should commit ourselves to measuring our success by looking at each child and committing to making sure that when each and every child graduates our district they have the ability to: communicate both verbally and in writing, be able to solve problems and be able to do research. Our children will be prepared to take the next step forward in life, whatever that may be. True education will teach them to think on their own and produce lifelong learners. Providing our children with the critical thinking and life skills to prepare them for their life journey will be their key to success.

To achieve this success it will be important to have many diverse voices involved in the discussion. If elected, I will bring an open mind and listen to the issues raised by all our stakeholders — the students, teachers and parents. I will bring consensus to issues that might arise. And with a school budget approaching $80 million, I will be a representative of the community to ensure we are bringing best value solutions. I sincerely hope when my time is done on the school board we will have left a great district even better and ready to educate our children in the years to come.

• Bob Gabel of Marion is seeking an at-large seat on the Linn-Mar school board

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