Thank you for visiting this site and learning about why I am running for school board. The decision to run was one that my family and I did not enter into lightly. As a parent to three wonderful boys, Garrett who is entering 5th grade, Gavin 2nd grade, and Griffin who will be entering pre-school in 2019, my family is obviously invested in our district and what it is, can, and should be. On the other hand we wanted to make sure that serving on the school board would not take me away from too many of the precious moments we have during this window of time when our kids are still “kids”. Between family commitments, coaching, extracurricular activities, work, spending time up at our cabin and all the other things that already keep our family busy made adding one other item to our plate something that we had to be sensitive to. In the end though we felt that I have a unique perspective and experience to offer that I hope will contribute to a stronger board that will be a part of guiding and leading the district through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
If provided the opportunity to serve on the school board I hope to focus on three key areas. 1) Work towards changing the narrative and make St. Cloud a school district that is a destination district for students throughout the region who want access to a wealth of education options, 2) Work towards better integrating educational offerings and curriculum with our local employers so we can better prepare our future workforce with meeting the workforce needs of our area businesses and industry and, 3) Provide leadership and stability within the board to have a high functioning, professional, and engaged board that will provide policy direction to school district leadership and staff.
I am inspired every day I walk into our schools and see the work that is being done. I see joy in kids’ faces, I see a dedication and sense of duty from our teachers and staff, and I see an environment that I know will prepare our kids to operate as engaged and productive citizens in an increasingly global society and economy. My family has personally experienced the tremendous work of our schools and I love seeing my kids challenged and engaged as they grow as students and emerging adults. The impact upon all of our kids’ lives from our schools is immeasurable.
Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy. I believe my past experiences as Mayor of St. Joseph, business owner, legislator, as well as my current work as a board member of the St. Joseph Economic Development Authority, Central MN Mental Health Center, Independent Lifestyles and as business development director with the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation uniquely position me to provide a depth of knowledge and experience to the St. Cloud School Board. In the coming months I hope to listen to your hopes and desires for our school district and earn your vote this November.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. You can call me on my cell at 320-761-4570 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org