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Wisdo: Make great schools even better

Jeff Wisdo is a candidate for Linn-Mar School Board.

Everyone wants their kids and grandkids to attend “great” schools. The strength of the education has caused the explosive growth in the district over the past number of years. Undoubtedly, Linn-Mar schools are some of the very best in the corridor. But is that good enough?

I believe one of the greatest responsibilities we have as a society is to provide the best education for our children. This drive should never end. We should constantly be looking for a better way forward.

I am running for Linn-Mar School Board so that I can help make Linn-Mar schools the best in the state. To find ways to constantly move forward. To innovate and to challenge the status quo.

I have four principles that will guide my time serving.

• Great programs for students. Linn-Mar should be the innovator in the state with respect to STEM programs. A STEM academy within the current high school can give students a head start with their college education and position them for success.

Private partnerships with business and industry to help our student learn outside the classroom. This can be wide ranging from students interested in trades or careers after high school.

• Fiscal Responsibility. Property taxes are high and state funding continues to dwindle. With over 80% of the budget going to staff salary and benefits and a growing school district, every fiscal decision needs to be examined if it is required and sensible.

• Safety and Security. We all believe our schools are safe until something happens. Safety and security for the whole school community should be considered with all decisions by the board.

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• Excellence for and from teachers. The best schools do not necessarily have the best facilities. They have the best teachers. Board policies need to support professional development and give the teachers what they need to succeed. With proper support from the board, these professional educators can provide the best education possible to all of the children.

As you can see, in order to have the very best schools in Iowa, the board, administrators, teachers, staff and community all need to work together. There needs to be collaboration on all levels to achieve one singular goal — the best schools in Iowa.

Jeff Wisdo is a candidate for Linn-Mar School Board.

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