Tuesday, October 21, 2014
School Board Candidates
The 2014 Election brings four open school board seats. On the final day of filing, the JWP School District had five interested candidates. Below is a summary of a Q&A held with our prospective school board members.
(Appearing in Alphabetical Order with their responses italicized))
Kelly Eustice (Incumbent)
Hometown/Where you Graduated from High School: Janesville, MN - Janesville High School
Current Occupation/Role: Medical Technologist at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waseca
Why have you decided to run for the school board? Kelly is running for the school board because she wants to stay active and involved in her children's education as well as those of all the families of the JWP District.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing our District? One of the biggest challenges is open enrollment and funding.
What do you believe is the greatest strength of our District? The greatest strength of our district are our students! Community support is also wonderful!
Danell (Dan) Hoehn
Hometown/Where you Graduated from High School: Elysian - Waterville-Elysian High School
Current Occupation/Role: Attorney and Partner at Schmidt Hoehn Law, Ltd.
Why have you decided to run for the school board? Danelle (Dan) has five children who will be educated in the JWP School District. Therefore, as a parent and resident of the school district he has vested interest in the quality education of his children as well as all of the children attending school in this district. He is running with the intent to be a contributing member of the organization which will provide that education.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing our District? In following the issues and challenges facing the school board the past several years, at times there have been an issue or two which loomed large above the rest. However, he does not believe at this time there is one issue which rises above all others in the school district. He does believe that some of the key issues which are ongoing include maintaining and enhancing a quality curriculum, student enrollment and funding issues. If elected, Danelle (Dan) expect he would become more keenly aware and knowledgeable about those issues which are of the most importance.
What do you believe is the greatest strength of our District? Danelle (Dan) believes the greatest strength of any organization is its people which in this case includes the students, parents, educators, support staff, administration and community as a whole. He believes the role of the school board is to strive to provide the best environment and tools it can in order to enable people within the organization to excel in their various roles.
Tim Johnson (Incumbent)
Hometown/Where you Graduated from High School: Janesville, MN - Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School
Current Occupation/Role: Sr. Industrial Designer at Hearth & Home Technologies
Why have you decided to run for the school board? Tim enjoys being an active member of the community and this is the best way he can actively support our school district.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing our District? Tim believes the number of people living in our school district that open enroll to other districts is too high and he wants to be a part of helping our school district become peoples number one choice.
What do you believe is the greatest strength of our District? Our biggest asset to our school is our staff and their dedication to the students education.
Jennifer will appear on the ballot but will be moving out of the school district. Therefore, she will be unable to fulfill the obligations of being a school board member in the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public School District.
Hometown/Where you Graduated from High School: Springfield, MN - Springfield High School
Current Occupation/Role: North Star Stone - Store Manager/Commercial Representative
Why have you decided to run for the school board? Greg's family has been in the Janesville area for nine years had have enjoyed getting to know the school personnel and the community members. They have two younger children in the JWP school district, and have a personal interest in maintaining the quality of the school system.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing our District? Technology - Our youth is so advanced that we need to find more creative ways to incorporate technology in the classroom to keep up with the demand. Also, poverty within the student body.
What do you believe is the greatest strength of our District? Successful growth in terms of testing/ranks. The direction of positive re-enforcement in relation to bullying. Community pride within the school system and throughout the area.
In closing, the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District reminds folks get out and vote on the 4th of November.
Posted by Bill Adams, JWPSuperintendent at 2:58 PM