Students must be considered first

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I believe strongly that the school board is elected to represent the people of the district. School boards and making decisions with boards have been a big part of my professional career. Oftentimes compromise is needed. However, above all the students should be considered first.

Good communications is an important part of being a team member. Strong relationships are built on open, honest, and frequent communications. Suspicions are developed when the truth is hidden. If everyone (board members, administration, faculty, and public) all have the same information, appropriate decisions can be made regarding the direction which is best for the district.

Public schools are responsible for educating all students regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or circumstances. Public schools are legally and morally held to this responsibility. I take my responsibilities very seriously and will not shy away from the duties of the board.

Every decision, financial and otherwise, should be based on the district policy. Policy is what guides the board. District policies are reviewed and revised every five years.

My career as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, principal, and district superintendent has given me a unique set of experiences: The School Administrators of Iowa convention, the Iowa Association of School Boards annual conference, the annual lobbyists/state legislators meetings, monthly AEA meetings, student staffing, bond issues, contract negotiations, and many others.

Education is the foundation for opportunities in life. Education is the one thing that, once it is attained, it cannot be taken away. The school board is the “watchdog” of the district by directing the administration to hire and guide a staff that cares about and conducts an accepting, non-judgmental classroom. Education should be more than just knowledge of the subject. It should include all of the following: responsibility, punctuality, acceptance of others, discipline, problem-solving, determination, cooperation, communication, teamwork, effort, and many others.

• John Sauer of Marion is seeking an at-large seat on the Linn-Mar School Board

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