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Passionate about education

I’m excited to be running for Linn-Mar school board. My husband, Nate, and I have lived in the district for five years and we have two daughters, Hannah, who is a fourth-grader at Indian Creek Elementary, and Aubree, who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2018. I am extremely proud to be a part of this growing district.

I am deeply passionate about public education. Few things have the ability to be transformative in the way a quality education can. As the great equalizer, education can change children’s lives. I care about all of our Linn-Mar students and staff and am dedicated to making sure that we provide them with the necessary tools for success and the opportunity for a bright future.

This year, the board will grapple with legislation approved by state lawmakers that ushered in significant changes to collective bargaining. Many of our teachers are understandably concerned about what this will mean for their livelihoods and professional development, and the board must do its best to reassure teachers that they won’t have the rug pulled out from under them. Our teachers are the backbone of our district and we must support them.

Also on the ballot this election, is an $80 million bond proposal that would pay for two combined fifth and sixth-grade buildings and a K-4 building, as well as renovations to the “historic” elementary schools and Excelsior Middle School. This restructuring offers the most cost-effective way to address burgeoning growth in Linn-Mar and passage of the bond is critical. I pledge to spend these funds responsibly.

As the board faces new challenges, competent leadership, transparency and responsible fiscal stewardship are essential. I am prepared to take on these challenges, and eager to serve our community as a member of the Linn-Mar school board.

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



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