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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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    Marissa Ahlering
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    Lorilee Bergin
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    Lisa Hahn
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    Scott Kostohryz
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    Ken Lucier
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    David Marquardt
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    Nikki Pollock
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    Clint Rossland
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    Kristine Thompson
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    Keith Vogt
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    Kent J. Wolford
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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)

I am passionate about learning, education, and making sure all kids in our community have access to a high-quality public education. To achieve this goal, I would bring my educational background and 13 years of experience as a scientist to the school board. I will help guide decisions by looking to the existing evidence base, listening to teachers, evaluating student performance and well-being measures, and listening to administrators. I have years of experience gathering and synthesizing information to inform challenging decisions. I am personally invested in the district with two students in the schools, and I will be dedicated to furthering the district’s investment in diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of school operations.
I will better resource the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion staff to provide training. We need to create a culture where diverse staff and students feel they belong. I will listen to teachers and staff to identify how to improve reading, math, and science proficiencies as we recover from two difficult years. I will make Moorhead schools a supportive workplace for teachers. Attracting and retaining good teachers is vital to student success, community success, and teacher well-being.
Safety is an increasing concern in schools across the country. I think reassessing current protocols for different types of emergencies regularly is good practice along with clearly communicating changes. Public health safety issues need to be evaluated based on evidence and current context. I also think expanding our view of what falls under safety would be useful. Supporting our students’ mental health and well-being can also promote safer classrooms and learning situations for our students.
Campaign Email Bergin4MAPS@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 703 5th St S
Moorhead, MN 56560
I am the best candidate for Moorhead School Board because I am actively teaching (in Fargo). I know the struggles that teachers face because I am also facing them. I know the struggles the staff faces because I work with them. I will listen to the staff and find out supports they want. I have lived in Moorhead for 17 years. I bought my house for the Moorhead school system. I believe in public schools. We are currently seeing a mass exodus in education and I would like to help make MAPS a place that people want to work. I know the power of great school counselors the current ratio is 550:1 and the recommendation is 250:1. We need to correct this. Many of our students are below proficiency in math and reading. We need to increase our scores.
1. Support our staff: Retention and hiring are key. We also need to provide great professional development that meet the needs of our teachers. 2. Raise our test scores: The teachers know what they need, we need to listen. 3. Support mental health of staff and students: We need twice as many school counselors than we have. We also need to alleviate some of the work load for teachers so they can focus on teaching. I believe if we do these things we will have safer, more inclusive schools.
Everyone should feel safe at schools. 1. If the teachers and staff do not feel safe they can not create safety for others. Staff need to know they can speak to the admin and the board if they need help and we will listen and respond. 2. Professional development. We are working with more challenging behaviors than ever before. We need to adjust our teaching to meet the new needs. MTSS, PBIS, Catalyst and Restorative Circles are a few well researched options that have improved school climates.
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I believe that my experience as a police officer for the past twenty two years, eighteen in Moorhead, as well as my work supervising the school resource officers for the past twelve years has given me a good knowledge base and experience necessary to work with Moorhead Schools. I have training in the areas of emergency management and school emergency response and would like to work with the district to make sure all students and staff are safe. In addition, I have experience as a union steward and negotiator, and I have a working knowledge of the contract negotiation process. To maintain the positive momentum our schools have gained in recent years, we need to maintain tenured staff and keep employees in our district.
My first priority would be to work with facilities to ensure our schools are doing everything needed to protect students and staff. I would like to empower staff to control the classrooms. My second priority would be to return to the scope and purpose of the school board. Nationally, we are seeing a trend toward the politicization of what should be a non-partisan body. Lastly, I would like to continue the tradition of excellence the current administration and board have provided.
I would work to re-establish the building emergency response teams within each building. The practice of lock down preparedness and building security must be a priority of the next school board.

Schools should be a safe space for both students and staff. I would work to make sure every district building is doing what is necessary to make that a reality.

This is the area I feel I could best contribute and would appreciate your vote on November 8th.
I am retired with 20 grandchildren, with a passion for improving the lives of our young people. I have the willingness to see problems and potential remedies from a fully informed stance. I will seek the understanding and perspective of all stakeholders. My background in public finance will assist me to assign priorities with the resources available to best fulfill the districts mission. I am not satisfied with the status quo, and will advocate policies that move the ball back in the right direction. Our student scores in the basics are in a tailspin. We can do much better. I have earned the endorsement of the Minnesota Family Alliance, and also the Child Protection PAC. I am ready to serve you in taking on this challenge.
We must get back to basics and return student proficiency scores to a much higher level. We must encourage more parental participation in their children's education, and help taxpayers to be better informed how their dollars are being used. We need to return to educating students not indoctrinating them, that is teach them how to think, not what to think. I will work to prevent affirming any racial discrimination. Gender and gender identity are different. Gender is on ones birth certificate.
I will strongly advocate for a policy to require a trained resource officer on each campus during school, and also consider a policy that properly trained volunteer staff people with background checks may supplement the resource officer as a deterrent to help resolve potential or actual dangerous situations. A fine tuning and uniform enforcement of the discipline policy will also help. This incudes no tolerance for bullying in our schools.
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I will combine my passion for Moorhead Schools and my critical-thinking mindset to work hard for the students, teachers, and staff to make common-sense decisions as we face new challenges. As a parent of two Spuds, I’ve proudly supported academics, activities and athletics for 12 years. I’ve volunteered and led committees to help improve and strengthen our schools, including the 2019 bond to build the new high school. This allowed me to develop relationships with teachers, staff and administration. My engineering career has been focused on continuous improvement, developing skills that are transferrable to all industries. I will listen and learn so that these skills can be used to remove barriers and help all students achieve their best.
If elected to serve on the school board, I would want to keep students first by focusing on the support systems around them. My top priorities would be: 1. Develop a strategy to become the school district-of-choice to recruit and retain talented teachers and staff. 2. Prepare for continued population growth in order to minimize crowding in schools. 3. Maximize the potential of Career Academy by promoting career pathways and opportunities to partner with business community.
Physical and emotional safety are critical to creating a productive learning environment, and we all have responsibilities to provide it. I would propose to continue to train teachers and staff on warning signs of school violence and work with them to promote our community of Spuds and strengthen our Spud pride. We could work to equip students to look out for each other to reduce bullying and improve mental health. It is important to begin with a proactive approach to safety.
From 1998-2013 I served on the School Board and believe I am the best candidate based on this and the following. I understand the role of a school board member. Additionally, I sit on a number of boards and my commitment to public service is well documented. Professionally, I am a teacher and hold a PhD in Educational Leadership. These experiences have prepared me to participate in the oversight of budgets and policies. I am committed to bringing all stakeholders into discussions about the direction of the district. I am not afraid to have difficult conversations particularly as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. I believe in holding administration accountable when goals are not met and the vision unrealized.
First, student achievement is waning. Graduation rates among our most vulnerable populations are alarming. The district is not living up to its mission to maximize a learner's potential. Second, funding discussions as related to managing district growth need to include stakeholders. Finally, I am concerned about how the district is responding to the challenges of changing demographics. Students and families are becoming more racially and culturally diverse. Teachers need support in this area.
District administration has a duty to ensure safety needs are met for both external and internal threats. I believe the district has safety upgrades in their buildings and are well prepared for outside threats. Handling internal threats such as all forms of bullying are not as successful. Some students do not feel safe in school making it difficult to learn. Teachers cannot teach in an environment where safety is threatened. Conversations with stakeholders need to happen around safety issues.
I’m seeking re-election to the Moorhead School Board because I want to apply what I’ve learned while continuing to learn more! As a life-long learner, I feel that we should always look for ways to get a little better every day. With four children in the district, I have a vested interest and a passion to improve our schools and our city. I’ve developed many relationships these past four years which has helped make connections between the school and the community. Graduation rates have improved, but there’s more work to do. I come to our current meetings prepared, with an open mind, willing to listen, and respect others’ opinions. I’d like to utilize my unique talents and continue to collaborate with the board for four more years!
1) Continue to provide quality education. Student achievement and testing are good data points, but we need to look behind the numbers and understand why. 2) Improve mental health for our students. Family situations vary. We must be prepared to help and provide the best care and education possible so EVERY child can succeed. 3) Retain our existing teachers and find quality teachers to fill open roles while striving to improve diversity. Teachers & staff, I admire & appreciate you – Thank you!
Promoting safety starts within. We need to treat any threats seriously, including bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Kids talk, so they’re likely to say something to the staff if there is a trusted relationship between them. We’ve done a good job eliminating and reducing the number of controlled access points and using security cameras. Our School Resource Officers (SRO) are a key relationship. We need to continue to support our SROs and ensure they have what they need to succeed.
Campaign Twitter Handle @Kwolfordids152
Campaign Email kbwol4d@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 1930 22nd Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56560
My dedication of 39 years to the profession of education and passion for teaching continues. My work in a variety of union positions gives me a unique perspective in finding solutions to district, educator and educational issues.
Giving a voice to all stakeholders helps give perspective to and resolve issues in the district. We must provide an atmosphere of openness and respect for all positions.

Staffing all positions is a large issue. Currently, we do not reflect the diversity of our student body. We must understand the reasons for this and find ways to improve.

Moorhead has been collecting data for a long time. "Data" driven has been the theme. It is important to not only collect the data but use it as well.

It is important to listen to the perspectives of students, support staff, educators and administrators to find solutions to their concerns. Bringing community members, business leaders, first responders to the table would offer a unique perspective to this issue.