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School board members oversee the care, management, and control of schools. This includes hiring, firing, and overseeing superintendents, who manage the day-to-day affairs of the district. They also set levies to fund the district and create school policies.

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    Bill Arend
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    B.E."Bernie" Beermann
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    Colinda Blackbird
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    Wendy Woods Felton
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    Kim Humann
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    Hugh Kenety
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    Jean Lubke
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    Ashley Wickenhauser-Greif
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    John Wilcox
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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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I graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1956. After I retired, I drove taxi in South St. Paul and surrounding areas for 35 years and I met many students, having a unique opportunity to discuss with them their personal feelings on how the school was working for them. I also developed some simple questions which allowed me to get a sense of what they were learning in school. I realized that *math* was often the most neglected subject. I believe in the importance of mastering basic math.
Declaring W.A.R. on neglecting the basics of Writing, Arithmetic and Reading! Social Media can occupy a large part of student time but it is not an effective teaching tool. It's really just entertainment for the most part. I would strive to have testing at every grade which would require each student to display a degree of competence in skills appropriate for each grade. An attempt would be made to involve family and caregivers to work with students that were having problems.
Safety is of key important for teachers, staff and students. I'd start by meeting with teachers, staff and even students when appropriate, in a formal school board meeting setting to discuss and address their safety concerns. This would give all stakeholders the opportunity to express safety issues of all types and levels.
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I love public education; I care about every student in our district; I’m attentive to people’s experiences; and I’m an advocate for the diversity of our students and educational opportunities. I believe each student is a person of value with beautiful things to offer in the world and deserves a school experience that honors them through building the joy of learning and providing age-appropriate knowledge and skills. I also care about students collectively, in groups where they experience shared identity and/or teamwork.

As part of the school board I’ll join a team, face the issues, learn, make the best decisions we can, and adjust when we could have done better. Public office involves public trust and I would engage that with high regard.
Learn what I need to in order to contribute well as a team member on the board, communicating clearly and making the best decisions we can for current and future students. Advocate for resources to provide an encouraging educational context and equitable, high-quality educational outcomes. This includes voting “Yes” to our district’s two tax levy requests on the ballot. Pursue more ethnic diversity in teaching staff so that our diverse student population is better represented amongst teachers.
In concert with the superintendent and full board, get information on staff and student experience in each of our schools so that as a board we could start with an accurate assessment. Based on the situations I would expect the board and superintendent to consider solutions that arose from staff and student experiences, proposals, and needs. Safety is vital—physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially—for the good of students, staff, and the community.
Campaign Mailing Address 607 9TH AVE NORTH
SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075
As a life long South St. Paul resident, as well as having 4 children of my own go through the SSP school system, I am well aware of the problems we face as a school district and a community. I have spoken with many educators and staff within the district and understand the needs of the students and the teachers.
1)Develop and adhere to guidelines that hold students accountable for actions and behavior. This will create an improved learning environment with less distraction as well as a safer environment for students and staff. 2)Increase number of periods in the school day from 6 to 7. This is more conducive to an IB learning environment as well as creating more opportunities for teachers and students to develop healthy relationships. 3)Provide guidance to obtain mental health resources for students.
Defined consequences for student behavior that are upheld is a must in our school system. Developing a program that helps students take ownership in their own safety and security could be explored with student input. In addition, School Resource Officers are an integral part of safety and security. Making sure we have an adequate number of SRO's and allowing them to do their job is vital.
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My philosophy in life is to try and make my little corner of the world a slightly better place than it was when I arrived. Right now I do that by buying food bags for Neighbor's at Knowlan’s, donating items to the Clothes Closet, donating to a worthy cause when finances allow, participating in Kaposia Days, walking in the Kaposia Days parade, and running in 5ks for charity, but that no longer feels like enough. I want to be able to give back to the community that has made me feel welcome, and for me, being on the School Board seems like the perfect way to accomplish that.
I believe funding is really our biggest obstacle. We currently have 2 questions on our ballot to increase school funding, and I hope everyone will vote Yes to both of them. I realize increasing our property taxes seems like a lot to many people, but besides giving our young people more opportunities to grow and thrive, it makes good financial sense. Better funded schools ultimately create more sought after school districts, making our area more desirable, and in turn increasing property values.
I believe what we see on the airport signs is pretty appropriate here; "If you see something, say something." I would like to work with everyone involved so that they feel comfortable coming forward if anything seems amiss, without fear of repercussions. The better we communicate, the safer our schools will be for everyone.
Campaign Twitter Handle @kbhumann
Campaign Email KimHumannForSSP@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 228 4TH AVE S
SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075
Firstly, I encourage all voters in our district to vote “Yes” to both ballot questions supporting the increase of our operating levy. This funding is vital.

I bring diversity to the board and an active interest in educational investment in SSP. I am a lifelong learner with a master's degree from UNC and a mother of 3 children in our district. My experiences have touched on Community Preschool at Lincoln and KEC, Special Ed resources and IEPs, Middle School at the Secondary Building, and aiding my mother in her ESL at CSCC.

Working together with other individuals on the School Board is a privilege that I take seriously, and I look forward to the opportunity to work as part of a team committed to the betterment of our community.
I will prioritize mental health support for our students and staff, push the state legislature to support free meals for all, and work to foster diversity in our classrooms.

We need to support all aspects of a person, mental and physical, if we want them to succeed academically. This has always been true, but our limits have been pushed during these past two years. I want a silver lining coming out of the pandemic to be rebuilding our support systems to be more equitable.
Creative problem solving happens best when we work together; I will listen to staff and teachers and work with the School Board to proactively address safety concerns before they develop into issues.

I will also work to inform the community about how these policies benefit everyone.

Safe work environments for our staff and teachers equal safe learning environments for our students, which is a win for us all.
South Saint Paul has always been my home. I’ve traveled the country and moved out of state, but this place always has a way of luring me back. I have experience in budgets, employee retention, and training programs that I think would help get our school system back on track.
If I am elected, my top priority is teacher retention. I believe that consistently of the staff will go hand in hand with the test scores and the overall graduation rates. We have been on a down trend when we should be, if anything, staying the same rate of graduation.
I have a background in training people that will help everybody feel involved with the process. Together we can come together and figure out what we need to do to make teachers happy. Happy teachers equal happy students.
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Campaign Website http://jeanlubkesspps.com
Campaign Email jean@jeanlubkesspps.com
Campaign Mailing Address 1860 BUTLER AVE
SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075
I am a life-long educator with 42 years’ work in education. I have a B.S., an M.A., and a PhD in education. I started teaching elementary school; then moved to the corporate world where I led the employee development programs. I then served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Eden Prairie Schools; the Dir. of Curr., Inst., and Prof. Developm't for the St. Paul Schools; and the Exec. Dir. of Teaching and Learning for the Rochester Schools. Finally, I served as the Superintendent/ Exec. Dir. for the East Metro Integration District (EMID) / Equity Alliance for six years before retiring in 2019. I have been adjunct faculty at the Univ. of MN; Univ. of WI- RF; and Globe College. And 30+ years as non-profit board leader
The School Board’s job is to provide the resources so the superintendent and the district administration can ensure that every student and staff member are physically and emotionally safe and valued – and that every student is achieving high academic performance. My priorities would be: o To provide the new superintendent the resources and support needed o To hold him accountable for student success
The role of the school board is to provide resources and support to the superintendent and staff. So, I would support recommendations of the administration and teachers for improvements in physical buildings, staffing, and programs to improve the mental and emotional safety of students - including mental health resources, programs to build relationships among students and between students and staff, mental health professionals in the schools, and changes to building security.
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Campaign Email Ashley.greif@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 320 4TH AVE S
SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075
I am a parent of two young children in the South Saint Paul school system. I care very much about maintaining a quality educational experience for not just my own kids, but all the kids who choose SSP public schools. I value community and want to see kids in our town thriving as people and getting involved in local activities.
My top three priorities include trying to boost and grow our band and choir programs. Both have already suffered a decline from previous budget cuts. Next, maintaining a safe environment for the children and teachers. This includes safety from outside threats and also safety within the school from student-to-student/staff violence. Finally, I prioritize maintaining an excellent pool of teacher talent. We have some fantastic teachers here, I want to keep them and attract more talent.
I think the first step with this is listening to what the teachers and staff have to say in this topic, learning what they need. I think a lot more supervision in the lunch rooms would be helpful in the secondary schools. I think that violence in school is unacceptable and needs to be addressed accordingly. I want all our kids and teachers to feel safe at school.
I’m running because I want a School Board that responds to the needs of students, families, and teachers in our district—not one that gives more weight to the demands of individuals and groups from outside our district, people who have no personal stake in the education we offer to our community. I’m running because our school district must serve the needs of all of our students, including those who have historically been left behind. I’m running because I want to give our teachers and support staff the tools, resources, and support necessary to build upon the gifts and talents of each student. educators of our District need an advocate they know and trust on the Board, someone committed first and foremost to them.
-Use Data to Drive Decisions: A good school board member will also be proficient in gathering and analyzing relevant data. -Accountable: Accountability is key to seeing policies through. School board members must be able to back up their decisions and actions with facts and data. -Advocates for the Community: Board members have the opportunity to advocate for their districts at the municipal, state, and national levels.
An approach—one that I believe is realistic—is to hold students themselves accountable for their actions by ensuring that their actions are tied to real consequences. As districts across the nation face a potential exodus of educators over the next few years, the focus on reversing this crippling trend has often been longstanding concern: educators’ working conditions, including their physical safety and mental health needs. We need Board members that are Teacher Advocates first and foremost.