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School board candidate questionnaires

Candidates for seats on the boards of Fort Wayne Commununity Schools, East Allen County Schools, Northwest Allen County Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools were invited to complete a questionnaire in advance of the Nov. 6 general election. Following are the replies submitted:

Fort Wayne Community Schools, District 2

Glenna Jehl:

Occupation: Realtor

Age: 55

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

I want all children educated in Fort Wayne to receive a quality education; including my grandchildren. Fort Wayne Community Schools needs to provide a solid educational foundation to better prepare graduates to attend a Four-year university or to step into challenging careers. That is what the parents, students, and the community expects our public schools to provide, yet are not adequately delivering. I want to be a part of transforming our schools into models of academic excellence we can all be proud of.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

As a school board member, I would be advocating for all students attending FWCS. I see my primary responsibility as holding the superintendent and the administration accountable to meeting the goals and strategic objectives established for the school system and approving the budget to help distribute limited funds to best reach the desired outcomes. We need to be aware while making decisions that taxpayers are under a growing financial burden during these tough economic times. Therefore, we must work extra hard to put in place strong financial controls that make sure tax dollars are well spent and prioritize the spending where it will do the most good in helping students learn.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

We are on the verge of losing local control of our schools through the nationalizing of our curriculum, standards, and tests via the Common Core State Standards which is in the process of being implemented. This will put our schools and students even further behind their international counterparts and graduates even less prepared to compete globally for jobs. I will fight to resist the encroachment of ineffective, costly federal initiatives and pursue implementing proven methods of academic excellence that will reflect Hoosier values and standards. I will bring a conservative point of view to the school board that adds a much needed balance to the discussions and decision-making concerning FWCS planning.

John Peirce:

Occupation: Education consultant

Age: 63

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

First, I want to serve on the board to advance the work of making FWCS the school system of choice in our community and a model for urban school districts throughout the nation. The board and employees in the district have worked hard to achieve amazing results for a district in which 70 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price meals and speak 80 languages and dialects. These include making ISTEP+ improvement across the district in three consecutive years, making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) as a district for two consecutive years (2010 and 2011), receiving an “A” rating as a district from the Indiana Department of Education for 2011, and achieving graduation rate improvement for each of the last four years. I want to ensure that all students graduate fully prepared for a career or post-secondary education, and I want to ensure that every school is an excellent school I would want my children or grand children to attend. Second, having promoted the $119 million plan to make badly needed repairs to 36 aging schools to people and citizens I serve and respect, I want to make sure our district fulfills its promise to do so in a highly effective and transparent manner—to be the best stewards possible of taxpayer money. Third, I want to fully engage our students’ families and our community in the process of educating our students to high standards. It takes a combination of excellent school leaders, classroom teachers, supportive families, and a supportive community to fully educate our children so they can succeed not only in a career, but also as productive citizens in a democratic and caring society.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

A board member has to play many roles. We have to set good policy as the governing body of our school system to create an environment in which teachers can teach and students can learn to the utmost of their abilities. Second, we have to advocate for excellence in education in the community and in the halls of government at the state and national level. That includes advocating with legislators who make decisions affecting school funding and policy. Third, school board members need to engage community partners to create the capacity for continuous improvement. We represent the community to the schools and the schools to the community. Taxpayers have to be at the forefront of decision-making along with students and other stakeholders. That is a lesson we learned and applied in the recent decision to propose school repairs that cost one-fourth as much as the previous proposal in 2007. We have to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. At the same time, graduating students who are career and college ready will help bring additional high-paying jobs to our community.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Fulfilling our vision of becoming the school system of choice in an environment of increased competition from charter and voucher schools along with severe reductions in funding is the greatest challenge in my opinion. To fulfill that vision, we have to become more intentional and resourceful than ever. We have to advocate for supportive policies at the state level that will help us continue to make continuous improvement toward our vision, and we have to find ways to attract, train and retain the best school leaders and classroom teachers. Nothing breeds success like success, and we have achieved a lot of success in my tenure on the board, from improving ISTEP scores to improving graduation rates that exceed the state average. I believe the strong relationships and the reputation I have developed over the years as a hard-working and persistent champion for excellence in education will serve our students and our community well if I am elected. Long term, I believe that investing in effective parenting and early childhood learning is the most meaningful and productive reform we could undertake because it would reduce costs all along the education pathway. That is where we will achieve the biggest return for investment in education. I am working diligently on that locally and at the state level.

Fort Wayne Community Schools, District 3

Michael Davis:

Occupation: Business owner, information technology

Age: 52

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

I want to be part of a team that gets our (Fort Wayne’s) children the best preparation for adulthood

in their public education.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In

terms of supporting taxpayers?

The board must insure that Fort Wayne receives good education for the money spent.

A school board member must perform two functions: represent all the people of their district (and

Fort Wayne); and bring a unique set of skills and understanding to the board. These two functions

are used to address concerns, problems, and desires, as well as develop and evaluate FWCS plans

and policies. The school board must understand that it exists to serve the people of Fort Wayne, as

both owners of FWCS (taxpayers) and consumers of education (FWCS educates our children.) The

school board is responsible to spend wisely, return tax dollars to the local economy, and keep taxes

at a minimum without compromising quality education.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will your experience and

talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

The greatest challenge for FWCS is improving its image, which can only be accomplished by

improving the education services provided by FWCS.

The board must be concerned about the education of all the children in FWCS, developing good

policies and practices to support the classroom, and be open with the public.

As a businessman, I understand the financial management aspect of budgets and operating within it,

as well as properly maintaining infrastructure. As a consultant, I work with management to develop

plans to meet objectives and evaluate the effectiveness of those plans over time. As an IT

professional, I understand the changing world our children live in and the technology tools available

that may improve education and lower cost.

Becky Hill:

Occupation: Trainer/facilitator, nonprofit sector

Age:

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

It has been an honor to have served the last four years on the FWCS school board. I ran four years ago for the office with a deep desire to help the children of our community reach their potential. With the structure of the three FWCS goals of achieving and maintaining academic excellence, engaging parents and community, and operating effectively with integrity and fiscal responsibility, I believe we have made great strides in the past four years. Our ISTEP scores have risen consistently and our graduation rate keeps climbing, good indicators for “potential reaching”. There was a deep learning curve during the first four years; I want to continue to learn, providing continuity of leadership for the strong direction we have cast for the district. There is a great deal more work to do.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education?

My role in terms of supporting public education is to do everything possible to make sure that our schools are the best in the state/nation and that we are highly competitive as our community’s parents decide on the educational futures for their children. I strongly believe that my role is to set policy for the district with a close eye on the translation of the three goals to the community. We need to hire and evaluate the Superintendent and then allow her/him to do the job as assigned without micro-managing below the line. The healthy Superintendent/ Board relationship is essential to a successful school district. As a Board member, I also need to communicate with our legislators to remind them consistently of the importance of public education and of the excellence that resides within FWCS.

School member’s role in terms of supporting taxpayers?

My role in terms of supporting taxpayers is to be a watchdog of the use of our tax dollars, to ask questions, and to make sure that our district is transparent and accountable for every dollar we spend while we provide the best education possible.

What issue poses the greatest challenge in your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

The issue that poses the greatest challenge in the FWCS district is that of maintaining the financial viability of our district specifically and public education in general. In this era of mercurial state requirements and the constant maligning of everything public education, we as a board must defend the institution from the onslaught while demanding continuous improvement of our own educational product. A tall order!

My experience and talents will serve the district by my being an articulate advocate for public education, helping our community and state leaders to understand the value of the education we are providing. My background is one creating systems of support for children and families and telling their stories so that others might better understand the stresses, challenges and heroics of poverty. I have the ability to help the Board set the tone for this urban district and for translating the successes, needs and goals to our public in order to celebrate the value of public education in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Kerry Miller

Occupation: Retired teacher

Age:

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

My whole professional life has been dedicated to helping kids learn and become responsible citizens. Now retired, I want to keep helping kids in some capacity. I am intimately familiar with how kids learn and how teachers can help. I think I can be voice to aid administration in that area.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

School boards oversee administration and can voice support for teachers and students by advocating that more money be directed to classrooms, that class sizes be reduced; that teacher morale be bolstered by encouraging good work with kind words, recognitions, certificates, mentions in newsletters as well as financially; and urging cuts in administrative costs. I plan to make my email and telephone number public so that parents and taxpayers can reach me with their concerns. As stated above, I want to reduce expenses in administration.

What issues poses the greatest challenge in your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

The greatest threat to public education is posed by state laws punishing schools and funneling money to charters and vouchers. I would gladly lobby state officials and explain how new laws damage public education, deriving knowledge then from both classroom experience and as an overseer of FWCS. I have been speaking put to any who listen that the assault on public education has been ongoing for over twenty years and is well coordinated and planned by those with a special agenda to get money for charters for personal profit or from vouchers for support of a religious or political agenda.

East Allen County Schools, District 5

Robert Nelson Jr.: No response

Michael Paff:

Occupation: Director of industrial operations, AWS

Age: 62

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

Having been a 1969 graduate of Leo High School and always thanking East Allen County Schools for providing me a great education. I now think the time has come to give back of myself to help redefine the direction of a fragmented school corporation.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

Establish policies and procedures that ensure a positive and nurturing environment for students, EACS employees, and administration to promote the highest possible level of learning. Assure policies and procedures are in place that provide good communication, unified school district, financial stability, and solid academic performance of students.

What issues poses the greatest challenge in your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Due to many educational requirement changes by the Department of Education at the federal and state level, new voucher program, charter schools and the closing of schools has left the EACS fear driven and fragmented. I feel my corporate positive team-builder experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations with a heavy overtone on communication and reassembling fragmented pieces back together prepares me for the challenge ahead.

East Allen County Schools, District 6

Richard Allgeier: No reply

Arden L. Hoffman:

Occupation: Mechanical engineer at Raytheon

Age: 56

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

Recognized need for fresh vision and dutiful responsibility.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

Establish district’s long-range direction, set policies, set priorities, and work with superintendent to hire and evaluate staff as required to ensure each student realizes their fullest potential at a fair cost to the taxpayer.

Board members are responsible to the taxpayers in a couple ways: fiscal responsible and ensure student success. A metric for fiscal responsibility is to monitor, evaluate, compare, and align at least annually our per-student cost of education with other similar school districts. The evaluation should be specific to include admin, teachers, facilities, utilities, etc. Look at projected income, fixed and variable cost, spending profile, sinking funds, etc. Then work with the controller and superintendent to create a responsible annual budget. There are various metrics to determine student success: career-readiness, job placement, college enrollment, community involvement, how many choose to fulfill their vocation in the community, etc.

What issues poses the greatest challenge in your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Large diverse social, economic, and cultural differences spread over a large geographic region.

An EACS graduate, father of three very responsible young EACS graduates, married 32-years to an EACS graduate, a lifetime of serving and supporting young people in the community, occupational diversity that includes problem-solving skills, teambuilding, supervision, and most of all, a love for children, makes me believe I have the experience, talents and passion to serve the district and help meet its challenges.

East Allen County Schools, District 7

Terry Jo Lightfoot:

Occupation: Insurance agent, Worman-Lightfoot-Hoch Insurance

Age:

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

I got my educational degree in teaching because I believe in the importance of public education. I want to be of service to my community and I have a passion for education. I believe every child deserves the opportunity for achieving at their highest level so that they have a choice in their life occupations and goals.

I work in my community and am very involved in my community, so I have the ability to communicate with people. Therefore, on the School Board, I can use my education and relationships to represent the community.

I also have some personal reasons to be passionate about the educational success of our children in East Allen County Schools (EACS). I am married to a teacher, our 2 daughters are teachers, our son-in-law is a teacher, our children attended EACS and our grandchildren and nieces and nephews attend EACS.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

I believe a School Board member’s role in supporting public education and supporting taxpayers is relatively the same. There needs to be communication with the public on educational concerns while at the same time doing research to make informed decisions that prepare our students for their future learning. Those decisions need to be made within the budget we are given, the grants we can obtain, and the financial support of the communities because of the diminishing budget given to us.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will you experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Following our reorganization at EACS, we have the task to finish building usage and grade configurations in Adams Township so as to make sure they, as well as the Heritage, Leo, Woodlan, East Allen University areas have the highest educational opportunities and can succeed.

With my experience on the board, my educational background, my community involvement, my business experience, and my passion for the education of our children, I believe I have the ability to represent our communities and meet the challenges that EACS and public education in the State of Indiana are facing.

Vince Buchanan:

Occupation: Business owner

Age:

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

Because it matters. EACS School Board has demonstrated no leadership, lack the ability to have substantive dialog and work as the governing body of the district. This approach must change if EACS is to offer Excellence in education, be fiscally responsible and sustainable. I believe I can make a positive difference.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? Visioning for the district, hire the Superintendant, evaluate the Superintendant.

In terms of supporting taxpayers?

Be a responsible steward of the taxpayer’s money.

Formulate and adopt a comprehensive long term plan, share with the stakeholders, keep them informed, with excellence in education as priority one.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Or biggest challenge is creating an atmosphere of trust and cooperation within central administration, empowering administrators at all levels to use their skills to further common strategic goals.

My style of leadership is cooperative and consensus-building, with emphasis on reaching practical positive solutions to long term challenges.

Southwest Allen County Schools, District 1

John Blum:

Occupation: Commercial banking, JPMorgan Chase Bank

Age: 56

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

Twenty-five years ago, my wife and I moved into this district believing it would be a great place to raise a family, as well as build on our girls’ educational experiences as they grew here. We have not been disappointed in our decision. Over the years, we realized how much patrons of this school district had given in the way of their time, talents, and monies to ensure that SACS became the district we experienced when we moved here in 1987. Because of my passion for education, and the legacy I saw others had left in the district, I wanted to give back as well to insure that future families/students would have the great experiences our daughters had in going to school each and everyday in Southwest Allen. I also believe that my financial back-ground has assisted SACS in the many challenges it has, and will continue to face in the years ahead.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

First and foremost, I believe school board members should be an advocate for their district and public education. A school board must set policy, and hire the best administrative people possible to run the district (which must include hiring the best staff possible to educate students in the classroom) so that it will attain the high standards expected of our schools today. As a school board trustee, I can best support taxpayers by executing on the statements I just detailed. Furthermore, a trustee is a responsible steward of the district’s physical assets. As a trustee, these assets must be adequately maintained or appropriately replaced when they do wear out, etc. I believe a good steward (trustee) supports taxpayers when an appropriate balance is struck between the “wants and the needs” of the district in this area vs. the cost to taxpayers in supplying or meeting these concerns.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Without question, the greatest challenge SACS has faced in the past decade is that of shrinking financial support from the State of Indiana. I further believe this decreased operational funding will continue well into the future, assuming there is no change in the funding formula we are experiencing today. For 2012, SACS is 353rd out of 356 districts in the state for operational funding on a per student basis. We receive $4,648, per student, which compares to $4,770 per student SACS received in 1999, and $5,075 per student in 2005. I want to further emphasize that none of these numbers are adjusted for inflation. So SACS is educating many more students (about 1200 more)today than 13 years ago, on much less money per student than 1999. Fortunately, I came onto the board at a time when SACS was experiencing financial difficulties in 2000. We were forced to work through this challenge to rebuild the financial integrity of the district while experiencing a steady decline over the last decade in dollars per student as our census grew. SACS has cut, or “leveled” costs over this entire decade (2001-11) in order to maintain educational excellent in the classroom without cutting teaching staff to accomplish our mission. Our facilities’ master planning process of 2002-3 was, and continues to be, a critical component of our success in this regard. We have developed consistent operating efficiencies unparalleled to many districts across the state- with 90% occupancy across our 10 educational buildings. Three of these buildings also operate with geothermal heating systems. I believe my experience on the school board over the past 12 years in tackling this ongoing issue will be helpful to SACS in effectively meeting its educational goals, while maintaining financial stability in the years ahead.

Joseph A. Greco:

Occupation: Business development manager for Steel Dynamics, Inc..

Age: 54

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

The educational success of all students is imperative to a thriving community. Since lifelong learning and fiscal responsibility have been an integral part of my personal and professional life, I find myself compelled to represent the citizens of Southwest Allen County Schools on local educational decisions.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education?

In terms of supporting tax payers?

The primary role of a school board member is to meet the educational needs of a diverse student

population in preparation for the challenges of the future. As a representative of the community, a board

member is accessible and accountable to the supporting taxpayers and cognizant of their concerns.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district and how will your experience and

talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

The ever changing school funding issue is one of the greatest long-term challenges for Southwest Allen

County Schools. Currently as Business Development Manager for Steel Dynamics, Inc. and previously as Manager & Long-Range Planner in Engineering and Marketing for General Motors Corporation,

Budgetary control is crucial to all decisions made while remaining focused on the overall goal.

Southwest Allen County Schools, District 2

Mark Gilpin:

Occupation: Partner at Applied Technology Group, Inc.

Age:

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

To help the students, the school system, and the community.

What do you believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education?

A board member needs to listen a lot. We need to listen to the community, the students, the parents, the teachers, the administration, the state and we need to balance all of the issues and through it all, push to provide the best possible education for each and every student. The bottom line is what helps the students most.

In terms of supporting taxpayers?

We need to provide the best possible value for the taxpayers. We must do maintenance on our buildings or we will end up spending more in the long run. We need to plan for future changes to the district, like possible future growth. It is encouraging when we see community associations advertise that the students in that particular community will attend SACS. We have many families move into our district because of our school system. It raises home values and I believe our taxpayers are getting a good return on their money.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district?

Taking for granted what allowed us to get to where we are. Also, accepting where we are and not continuing to push to move to the next level.

I think our school district is very good but we need to continue to work together and build trust among our staff, which allows us to more effectively accomplish goals that are necessary to continue to move forward.

How will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

I believe that I am able to see the big picture and the importance of the district and community both pushing the same direction. I am a team player and work with others in the district and community. Our community has excelled at working together. We have had great success in getting our community to pull together in each of the following issues:

•Redistricting

•Remonstrance

•Referendum

With me, the community knows what it is getting. I have consistently supported our students, staff, administration, and entire district.

Jason Kuchmay:

Occupation: Attorney/partner, Federoff Kuchmay LLP.

Age: 41

Why do I want to serve on the school board?

Serving on the school board would afford me the opportunity to ensure that the district provides a quality education to all of the children attending our schools. We are certainly blessed to have good schools in the district but, as with anything, there is always room for improvement. My experience as a litigation attorney requires critical thinking which would be an asset to the board. Moreover, having three kids in three different district schools provides me with a perspective that is not present on the existing board. That perspective will change and grow as my children advance through elementary school, middle school, and then on to high school.

I also believe that a transparent board is very important, is something the public deserves, and is an area where the current school board should improve. Do board members have conflicts requiring them to abstain from voting on certain issues? Are conflicts properly disclosed? Are the board meeting agendas posted in a timely way and are theydetailed enough for the public to understand the issuesto be discussed at meetings? Are minutes of past meetings posted in a timely fashion and are they complete and accurate? Does the school board and administration make an effort via the district website or by mailings to keep constituents adequately informed of major initiatives?An informed public is an educated public and they should have trust in and beconfidentthat the board members are acting in their best interest.

What do I believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

As noted above, assuring a quality public education for all children in the district should be of the utmost concern for any school board member. That goal is impacted by many of the important decisions that school board members make, including issues involving – education programs, staffing, budgets, capital projects, and transportation, etc. With respect to supporting taxpayers, school board members must be mindful of the fact they are spending money derived from district homeowners’ property taxes, and must look for the best ways to utlize the funds, avoid unecessary expenditures, and explore available options when there is a potential for cost savings.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to my school district and how will my experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

Ensuring the proper spending of public funds is an ongoing challenge faced by all districts. It is critical to be able to balance the competing interests of demands for funds and the limited resources available. Resolving disputes in my legal practice often requires the ability to view issues from all sides and to engage in a cost-benefit analysis regarding different options. That same manner of thinking will serve the district well on these issues. Additionally, while not a great “challenge”, a recurring issue I hear from residents about, and not to be overlooked, is that of board transparency. The good news is that is something that can be addressed with a proper focus, and that is a focus I would bring to the table. Again, it is important for residents to believe that the board members have their best interests in mind.

Southwest Allen County Schools, District 3 at-large

Sherry L. Chapman:

Occupation: Woolman Financial Group

Age: 52

Why do you want to serve on the school board?

I have served 8 years on the Southwest Allen County School Board. I have lived in this district for 31 years and I have raised two children through all twelve grades. With my experience at Southwest Allen County Schools and my love for education and this community, I want to serve again. I want to ensure that we maintain what we have here at Southwest as well as continue to move forward, giving EVERY student the best education for tax dollars spent.

What do you believe a school board members’ role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

The board is assigned the responsibility for educational outcomes. The most important role is to hire a Superintendent that assures the best education is taking place for all students. School boards listen to their community and incorporate their view of what students should know.

The end result is making sure that every student succeeds.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your local school district and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

The greatest up-coming challenge will be the renewal of our Referendum in 2016.

Our Referendum allows for:

higher teacher wages-allowing us to hire the best teachers

keeping our extra programs- no cuts to extra- curricular

smaller class sizes

I was on the board when we passed this referendum and I know how to get it done.

Meagan K. Milne:

Occupation: Community volunteer, attorney

Age: 42

Why do I want to serve on the SACS school board?

I believe that as an attorney, a parent of children currently in Southwest Allen County Schools, and someone with experience on other boards and in other great school systems, I would provide a unique, needed, in-touch perspective. I would use my creative, critical-thinking skills to thoroughly study the issues and help the board make fiscally responsible decisions for the advancement of our district and community. More specifically, I would like to improve transparency and communication and better utilize our community’s talents and resources.

What do I believe a school board member’s role is in terms of supporting public education? In terms of supporting taxpayers?

In supporting public education, a board member should strive to improve the quality of education for all children. This encompasses maintaining the funds necessary to 1) attract and retain excellent teachers and administrators, 2) offer a wide range of high-quality curricular choices and programs for a diverse student population, and 3) reasonably preserve/improve facilities and equipment with safety in mind. As for supporting taxpayers, a board member is tasked with ascertaining public attitudes towards issues in education, developing public understanding of the aspects of school operation and the need for constructive change, and soliciting public input on how we can achieve our educational goals. School board members further support taxpayers by carefully weighing all feasible options before making decisions that affect taxes, property values, and our community as a whole.

What issue poses the greatest challenge to your school district, and how will your experience and talents serve the district in meeting that challenge?

The greatest challenge to SACS is ensuring that our students are well-prepared and highly competitive for whatever future they may choose – be it in a STEMs field, the arts, a trade, or some other career in our ever-changing world. Given my legal background, I am accustomed to performing in-depth examinations of issues, requiring evidence-based reasoning, being accountable to stakeholders, and operating under a heightened ethical standard in a positive, professional manner. Possessing these skills and qualities, I would serve SACS well in meeting its challenge using cost-effective approaches.

Northwest Allen County Schools, District 1

Donald Duff

Kent Somers

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