On this page I will add some of the questions I have been getting on the campaign trail, as well as my answers. If you have a question you don’t see here, feel free to reach out on social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What’s your platform?
A. This is by far the most common question I get. My platform consists of three main components:
Support for teachers, counselors and other staff. Simply put - this is where the rubber meets the road. We need to listen to those amazing people who work directly with our children, understand their needs in and out of the classroom and then do everything we can to support them.
Support for students. We have an amazing school district and community, but we still have a lot of areas where we can improve. Too many kids face food insecurity, lack of proper housing, discrimination and bullying. Many of these issues are not simply related to schools, but our community as a whole. We need to support where they exist, and develop where they don’t, initiatives dealing with job training, fair wages, healthy food, affordable housing and community building.
Support for parents. Parents want to know their voices are being heard as well. They want to be confident their children are getting the best possible education experience possible. We can support them by making sure they are informed and when they have issues, we listen and work to address those issues in a timely manner, and provide feedback on the solution.
Q. Do you support the school referendum and how much will my taxes go up if it passes?
A. I am supporting the school referendum that will be on the April 2nd ballot. I believe that with the borrowing costs for Fondy High coming off our taxes this past year, resulting in a tax decrease of $55 per $100,000 of property value, this is a good time to fast track major infrastructure improvements in our schools. If both referendum questions pass in April, the corresponding tax increase would be $44 per $100,000 of property value. That would enable us to make major improvements to every public school in the district in a 3-5 year timeframe, while still maintaining a lower tax rate than what we paid in 2018.
For more information about the referendum, I would encourage you to check out the district’s website. It is loaded with information - http://www.fonddulac.k12.wi.us/Referendum2019.aspx
Q. Do you support private school vouchers and/or adding a line on tax bills detailing the amount of money that goes to the private school voucher program?
A. I do not support taxpayer dollars going to private school vouchers, and I would support adding a line to our tax bills detailing that spending. I simply do not support taking tax dollars away from the public schools and using them to fund a separate school system. I want our public schools to be as successful as they can be, and that requires that we use all of the resources we allocate for schools for them.
Q. What are your views on standards based grading?
A. As a parent I’m generally in favor of it, so long as the grading is consistent and easily understood. Assessing individual standards helps both parents and students see where they are excelling, and where they need more work.