ISD 622 SCHOOL BOARD
- What qualifies you to hold this position? I am a former teacher and taught for ISD 622 for 7 years. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and my first priority will always be the students in our district. My background working in HR, as well as the Business Office in a local private school have given me the experience to carry out the duties of a school board member.
- What would your top priorities be if elected? To lead the district to invest in students, families, the community and our future by focussing on inspiring students through their study of STEM, the Arts, Humanities, and the Trades. I would love to see Job Fairs and more industry professionals in our secondary schools so our students could bring meaning and intentionality to their studies.
What do you think is the primary role of government? As to the role of government in education the central priority of public education should be to create skilled workers for the economy, and to educate young people for responsible citizenship. We need our students to understand the workings of democracy so that they will become a part of that process upon reaching adulthood.
How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently? I will only speak to how the schools responded. I believe their reaction in the Spring was based on limited knowledge of the situation and therefore understandable. The decisions this Fall were based on fear and not science. The achievement gap in this crisis is only getting worse. Our focus should be on our future, which is our children.
Website or contact: www.facebook.com/JamieBahrke4ISD622
What qualifies you to hold this position? I am a parent of 6 children, 5 of who graduated from ISD 622 and one who is a 10th grader (in a PSEO) program. I am a homeowner in the district (more than 20 years) and have served on the Citizens Finance Committee, as a youth coach and am a candidate for re-election and have held several offices on the school board.
What would your top priorities be if elected? Bring the students back to school as soon as it is safe to do so, continue to be frugal with taxpayers money as we continue to re-build schools in our district. Make sure students, parents, teachers and support staff are listened to, making sure they get the resources they need to get a quality education and be college and career ready.
- What do you think is the primary role of government? To listen to all stakeholders, create equitable policies to provide access and resources necessary for a better quality of life.
- How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently? Minnesota has proven to be adaptable, providing opportunities to protect ourselves and our neighbors while preparing to use opportunities to restore a normal way of life. I would be more proactive in listening to all stakeholders to minimize the effects of struggling to protect our families and raise our children in these challenging times.
- Website or contact: Cell/text 952-406-0409
David Tracy Lewis
- Age: 33
What qualifies you to hold this position? First and for most what qualifies me for the position is I am a citizen getting involved in my community. I have a Master of Public Administration from Hamline University and a B.S. in Political Science from UVU with minors in Constitutional Studies and History. I am a founding member of the Center for Constitutional Studies at UVU.
What would your top priorities be if elected? My top priorities would be 1st Students, 2nd Parents and Teachers, 3rd quality education over quantity.
What do you think is the primary role of government? The primary role of the federal government is limited and defined. The 9th and 10th Amendments state role of the general government at the state and local level is much broader and allowing limited flexibility to reflect the will of the people. The role of the School Board is limited to the education of individuals within the district boundaries.
- How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently? Minnesota initially did well with limited information about the disease. The Pandemic created opportunities out of necessity to expand the educational reach of teachers. On the school board I will continue to make opportunities, inspire hope, and strengthen community bonds between educational, governmental, and economic sectors.
- Website or contact: Email [email protected]; dtlewis622.blogspot.com
What qualifies you to hold this position? Serving on the District 622 Board since 2000. My three children attended schools in the district, and three grandchildren will, too. I work as a legislative assistant for the Minnesota Senate with a focus on education. Past jobs include Century College director of community relations, MnSCU communications director and Pioneer Press reporter.
What would your top priorities be if elected? Improving communication with families and residents, preparing students for college and work, improving the quality and rigor of schools, providing opportunities for all students to succeed, keeping academic expectations high, spending scarce tax dollars wisely.
- What do you think is the primary role of government? The government can do things that people on their own do not have the power, energy or resources to do. It can help people succeed. We all do better when we all do better.
- How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently? Our response has been evolving and imperfect. We must continue to do all we can to keep people safe. It is the state’s top priority.
- Website or contact: nancyfor622.com
What qualifies you to hold this position? I have personally worked with the underrepresented and have seen what lack of education, money, housing, employment, and resources do to an individual, family, and community. I will use my voice to make practices more equitable, attainable, and accessible. I will encouraging and empowering youth, parents, educators, and our community.
What would your top priorities be if elected? Distance Learning and Achievement Gap; Promote Inclusion and Diversity Awareness all students and teach; Opportunities and Partnerships in the Community for student development
- What do you think is the primary role of government? The Government should protect human rights, provide goods and services that individuals cannot provide for themselves. They should invest in individuals’ talents, education and opportunities and all this should be done with respect and dignity.
How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?The governor and his staff have appeared to be big picture thinkers, gather the data and have the right people to provide input for planning. There are so many factors we need to consider and ensuring quick decisions-making regarding services and resources the citizens of Minnesota access is important.
Website or contact: juliamartens.com
Charlotte Nitardy (Candidate responses not available)
Carlottia Ruff (Candidate responses not available)
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