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ISD #194 School Board Member {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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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    Carly Anderson
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    Kim Baker
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    Marilee Jager
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    Kathy Lewis
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    Andy Lundblad
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    Bree Schindele
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    Brian Thompson
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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)

Campaign Twitter Handle @CarlyforISD194
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 620
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
As a district parent, a practicing mental health professional, a member of an ISD 194 committee, an active community volunteer, and someone very passionate about supporting the amazing kids and families of our district, I am uniquely positioned to serve our learning community with dedication, compassion and a collaborative spirit. I’ll use my experience as a neuropsychologist to advocate for mental health awareness and enhance approaches to prevention and intervention. I have experience serving on multiple national boards and hold the honor of being formally endorsed by the 194 teacher/staff associations. I’ll strive to bring our community together around shared goals and values, and ensure that our kids are at the heart of all decisions.
1) Student Success for a Global Workforce: work alongside stakeholders to support an environment promoting technological innovation, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and academic excellence. 2) Mental Health: promote healthy school environments and support access to timely and appropriate mental health resources for students and staff. 3) Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability: serve as a good steward of taxpayer dollars to ensure responsible and appropriate spending.
The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is paramount. I will advocate for both preventative and responsive measures. It is critical to create safe school communities that promote inclusion and a sense of belonging and do not tolerate bullying and harassment. I will support ongoing utilization of best-in-class technology and approaches to mitigate risks. I will work with experts to ensure we protect our students and staff through data monitoring and process improvement.
I have been active and involved in Lakeville Schools for over 10 years through attending board meetings and volunteering. I have 3 children attending Lakeville Schools with my oldest in a transition program. I am currently the chair of the Special Education Advisory Council, run the parent support group Family Connections, and am a special education parent liaison. Not only am I a parent, I also am a special education teacher. I serve on the state Special Education Advisory Panel and am a parent member of the state subcommittee on children's mental health. I have worked in public schools my whole career and am dedicated to ensuring that Lakeville Schools continue to be the reason families move to Lakeville.
1. Mental health is just as important as physical health. For learning to occur, schools need counselors, supports and staff training. 2. The district has made some great improvements in communication especially with the new program that houses all district fliers. Communication should continue to be a top priority to keep parents informed and involved in the education of their children. 3. Inclusion is not a place, it is how we treat each other. All students need to feel safe and accepted.
A recent levy updated our schools by securing entrances with a scanned entry and securing classrooms by allowing for shelter in place. These options have helped secure our buildings but we also need to provide the emotional support students need. Building relationships is one of the best ways to develop a school community. School counselors are needed at the secondary level along with school social workers in every building so that students have a person they can access during the school day.
Campaign Website http://votemarilee.com
Campaign Email marilee@votemarilee.com
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 647
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
I am the best candidate for ISD 194 because I have two kids in the school district and I understand the parents' frustration with our current education outcomes. I have a background in commercial banking and understand financial statements, budgets, and risk assessment. I am not afraid to speak out on behalf of the district stakeholders. Above all, I am a person of reason who will listen to all sides, but will vote in manner that will promote academic excellence.
Priority number one is getting our kids back on track academically. I will focus on curriculum and making it more transparent for the parents and the board. Priority two is being an advocate for parental engagement. I will actively listen to their concerns and my first motion will be to restore public comment at our school board meetings. Priority three is ensuring a safe district environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.
The role of a board member is to ensure policies and procedures are in place to govern the district. We have what I believe are good policies within the district as it relates to safety. These policies must be distributed and understood by the parents, teachers, staff, and students, and applied consistently and equally across the district.
Campaign Email kaklewis@yahoo.com
Campaign Mailing Address 18455 JAMAICA PATH
LAKEVILLE, MN 55044
The District will evolve and improve to meet ongoing and upcoming challenges with changes due to student need, accelerated growth and the effects of the pandemic. My experience serving on the Board and as an ICU nurse has well positioned me to continue serving as a Board member. I am experienced working with others, a leader guiding the District with others through many changes, crisis and challenges. I am collaborative, strategic, open minded, forward thinker, advocate and challenges. Well aware of the benefit of education to individual and community, I am passionate about academic opportunity.
The District needs short and long term strategic visioning, planning and innovation in curriculum, career and co-curricular opportunities for ALL students, and facilities, continued focus on security and safety in schools, quality educational and work environments. I support increased resources on mental health issues, inclusion and learning needs, while balancing these with financial oversight. The District needs to close the achievement gap, represent student and parent voices.
I support the District initiatives for security and safety in schools. A multi-layered approach with risk assessment, more counselors in schools, structural changes in the schools to promote immediate lock down and hide vs run and fight, SRO's and increased training and support for all staff, including subs. Immediate notification of law enforcement if there are concerns.
My wife and I have lived in Lakeville for over 22 years. Both our children received their preK-12 education in Lakeville Schools. I have seen firsthand how our teachers and staff created a strong foundation for my children. Because of our tremendous personal experience, I am running for school board to show my gratitude and give back to our schools and community through my values-based leadership, which starts with honesty, integrity, compassion, and humility. In my many years of professional leadership experience with global financial and healthcare organizations, I lead diverse teams that solve complex challenges. I will bring collaboration, critical-thinking, and a global workforce perspective to help all of our students succeed.
My top three priorities are: 1) Inspire, empower, and elevate ALL students. 2) Appreciate and trust our teachers and staff. 3) Spend taxpayer dollars wisely. For all three priorities, the School Board must ensure our policies, governance, and financial management removes barriers, supports collaboration with all stakeholders, and inspires lifelong learners.
My current professional role as Senior Director at UnitedHealthcare largely focuses on risk management strategies. I will use these proven risk assessment and remediation best practices to supplement the existing multi-layered District approaches to safety and security. We must continue to collaborate with teachers, staff, and all stakeholders to identify and implement the best solutions for everyone’s safety.
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