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ISD #742 School Board Member at Large {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

School board members oversee the care, management, and control of schools within the district. This includes hiring, firing, and overseeing superintendents, who manage the day-to-day affairs of the district. They also set budgets and policies that affect students in classes and other activities that affect the students’ wellbeing and education.

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    Mike Bueckers
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    Theresa Carlstedt
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    Zachary Dorholt
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    Heather Weems
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Información Biográfica

Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)

How will you work with staff and teachers to promote safety in our schools? (500 characters)

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Campaign Twitter Handle @@zacharydorholt
Campaign Email dorholt_zach@yahoo.com
Campaign Mailing Address 927 7TH AVE N
ST CLOUD, MN 56303
As a licensed mental health professional, working at the crossroads of the mental health and corrections systems, I am easily able to see what our young people need in order to thrive and reach their full potential. As a father of three young children, all of whom attend school in our district, I am incredibly passionate about their success, and the success of their peers. As a former state legislator, I have the experience needed to make sure our district is operating at it's best capacity, adhering to legislative requirements, and sustaining a balanced budget. Above all, I am incredibly passionate about the young people in our community, and remain active with them through a non-profit focused on music and community integration.
1. Improving our graduation rate(s) and college preparedness. We have incredibly unique opportunities in the St. Cloud area due to our relationships with local colleges and universities, and building upon these relationships will be a priority. 2. Improving and remodeling Apollo High School. This is long-overdue; all our students deserve, and need, a facility that meets the needs of modern day learning initiatives. 3. Improving school safety; continue integration of PBIS and related supports.
Through continued integration of PBIS efforts, while ensuring an open door policy for staff and teachers that allows them to be and feel heard when concerns arise. Additionally, building upon our relationships with local law enforcement and crime prevention initiatives, along with streamlining supports for students who do not have them at home, and allowing staff and teachers to play a more active role when they have the capacity to do so.
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Campaign Mailing Address 823 11TH AVE N
ST CLOUD, MN 56303
I have been a part of the 742 School Board for the past 4 years, and am running for a 2nd term to continue to serve the staff, students and communities within the St. Cloud Area School District. During my time on the School Board I have chaired the Community Engagement Committee and the Achievement, Integration and Equity Committee. I have also been a part of the Personnel Committee and have been through several rounds of negotiations with multiple personnel groups. My 3 children go to St Cloud Area Schools and having that first hand view of our schools has been very helpful during my time on the board. I am well versed in looking at our community and now our school district through an equity lens, ensuring all can thrive in our district.
My top 3 priorities as a candidate this time around line up with 3 of the goal areas in our strategic plan: 1. Continue to build sustainable ways to bring up our 4 year graduation rates and keep our 7 year graduation rates improving! 2. Continue the board's work with administration to build student assessment models rooted in growth mindset. 3. Continue to grow supports for our students at all grade levels needing mental and emotional health assistance.
In my first term, MN Student Survey data showed that our LGBTQ+ students had the greatest risk of self-harm/suicide. I was part of ensuring GSA's (Gay Student Alliance) were part of our middle schools. This is an example of how I use data to determine what students are most at risk and uncover what strategies and practices we can use to ensure safety for all. For students and staff to feel safe, they must feel they belong. I will continue to seek to reduce barriers to belonging for all in 742.
Campaign Website http://www.heatherweems.com
Campaign Mailing Address 2710 LILAC COURT
ST CLOUD, MN 56301
As a long-time higher education professional, I have been involved for over 20 years in conversations related to the theory, practice and policy of education. Based upon my own experiences and those of my students, the greatest common denominators to success are access to education/educational opportunities and access to qualified and caring teachers/mentors. Hiring, supporting, and retaining high level teachers is foundational and action-oriented. Supporting meaningful classroom and extracurricular opportunities at every age helps students develop skills and builds confidence. As a leader, I am committed to a pragmatic approach, transparent conversations, and equitable access to best prepare students for meaningful and productive lives.
1. Quality teaching & engagement opportunities - to meet each student where they are and help them achieve potential, administrators, teachers, and staff must provide meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom 2. Curriculum & funding - students must be challenged and supported in thinking critically and globally while building employment and life skills necessary for the 21st century 3. Outreach & partnerships - initiatives must be student-focused and come from respectful dialogue
Promoting safety requires a commitment of all who interact with our students - teachers, administrators, counselors, SROs, parents/guardians and the community at large. Mental health challenges are increasing exponentially; we must be attentive to young people and help them access the resources needed and foster respect. We must also continue professional and peer training that increases awareness, identifies de-escalation strategies, and provides tools to teach students to cope with challenges.