Michelle Martin

Demographics

Independent

48

Kokomo

Bachelor's Degree, B.S. Management/Marketing

CFO, Summit Tooling, Inc. / Grif Land Management Ltd.

Married, Dan Martin

Griffin Martin, 16

Landon Martin, 14

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

As a current board member of CUSD 12, local business owner and parent in our community, I possess the understanding regarding the degree of involvement and engagement required to be successful in each arena.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

One top priority would be to align community expectations with District requirements. Improving communication with all members of our community would increase support for the challenges we face as facilities age, education standards rise and funding declines. In keeping with number one, I am also a firm believer in finding creative, proactive ways to meet those challenges while maintaining a balanced budget.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

The most recent tax levy was not frozen by our board. I could support a freeze if I saw additional revenue sources (i.e. State / Federal funding) restored or on the rise. New housing starts have been single digits and almost at a standstill in recent years. Grants and legislation are two areas I would encourage we continue to assess for additional opportunities so we do not increase amount taken out of our citizens’ pockets.

What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?

I am unified with the decisions made by our recent board, superintendent and district. Changing from Fox Valley to Big Northern conference and awarding a land lease were two examples where I understand we may have had varied opinions but further discussion helped us to have a better appreciation of one another’s perspectives and advantages for the greatest benefit to students in the district.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

Since I have been on the board, (both appointed and elected) we have consistently maintained a balanced budget despite declining revenues. That balance was thanks especially to Johnsburg CUSD 12 staff and the community support, not just the school board.

Why should voters elect you to office?

As a member of various organizations, I have demonstrated my willingness to use my strengths for optimum results. I am devoted, diligent and possess strong business acumen. Running a successful manufacturing business for over 16 years is a reflection of how I can be fiscally responsible despite tough economic times. Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana taught me the values I believe I share with the great residents of our community. My involvement in this area began in 1979 and I know it will continue in many positive ways, for many years to come!