High School, Marengo High School
Bachelor's Degree, Agriculture, Iowa State University
Managment Team - Sales, Wyffels Hybrids
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have been on the Marengo High School Board for the past four years, and will have 3 children attending Marengo High School next year. I have managed numerous sales teams and worked with many management teams over the years which have given me the skills and ability to work with the school board members and the administrative team at Marengo High School.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
I want to insure we continue to provide a quality education and a good learning environment for all students attending Marengo High School. It is also important that we remain fiscally responsible with tax payer dollars, we are in financially tough economic times. Marengo High School is fortunate to have resources we can draw on during these times allowing our administration and staff to provide the children of our community the best education and programs possible.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Not knowing when housing prices will rebound, I could not make a blanket statement to indefinitely freeze the levy. With that said we as a taxing body need to insure the school district is utilizing all dollars received in such a manner that provides a quality education in accordance to the wishes of our constituents.
What one decision by the school board do you most disagree with and why?
Being on the School board for the past 4 years I can’t say I have disagreed with a decision the board has made, we have an excellent administration at the High School and through good discussion and common goals we are generally on the same page.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Working with the administration to continually focus on raising our student achievement on standardized tests, the board has given the administration the tools to allow the staff at Marengo High School to strive for excellence in all of our students. Over the past 5 years our school has increased our ACT scores by 2.5 points. Not to mention our 2012 PSAE reading scores are among the highest in County. This past year we have initiated a Digital Learning Environment starting with the freshman class. This initiative will be phased in over a four year period, giving the students a digital learning environment will improve the student’s awareness and skill development using web based resources to increase their achievement, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Having two children that are attending Marengo High School today and the third starting next year, I have a vested interest in continuing to insure Marengo High School provides a quality education to all of the students of our community. I believe we as a school are on the right track and are continually striving to better meet the needs of our students and provide students with the life skills they will need as they take their next step into society after High School.
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