Challenges ahead for a growing district

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My name is Cara Lausen and I am a candidate for Linn-Mar School Board. My husband and I have two daughters in the district in fifth and sixth grades. I have volunteered extensively for the district, including serving as PTO president at Bowman Woods as well as two district level committees and regularly attend school board meetings.

As a district leader, I was asked to serve on the facilities committee, which was instrumental in developing the restructuring plan that would be implemented through the bond vote. Additionally, I have advocated for our district with our legislators and I have co-led the ‘Vote Yes’ campaign for the bond.

I do all this because of the sincere passion I have for our Linn-Mar students, teachers and staff. In the years ahead we will continue to face challenges as a growing district in a difficult legislative climate. We are facing a new era without collective bargaining to protect our teachers, it is important to have board members like myself who will negotiate with LMEA in good faith, without the law requiring it. We are facing a difficult funding climate, we will need to have board members like myself who are experienced in advocating with our legislators in Des Moines on current priorities, for example, making the SAVE tax permanent and protecting the funding to be for education only.

But it is also important to have a board member, like myself, who is familiar with the district’s history on funding cuts and can help find other places we may be able to cut costs without hurting our staff or students’ experiences. There is a lot of work to do and my experience and passion will allow me to hit the ground running on the first day. Vote for me, Cara Lausen, on Sept. 12.

• Cara Lausen of Cedar Rapids is seeking an at-large seat on the Linn-Mar school board

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