Q: The district is currently undergoing a facilities assessment. With decreasing state revenues for public schools, how would you approach generating revenue to address facility needs?
A: One purpose of a facility needs assessment is to bring in an outside party to gather facts about our district’s facilities and future growth, an “objective” opinion from someone outside MWISD with experience from districts all over the state and nation that will look at our district with an open mind, gathering information from past experience and applying it to our district’s needs. As a district we have to be very financial conscientious and keep the quality of education for our students a top priority. An important part of quality education is facilities, and in order to build new facilities and improve existing ones, we have to spend money. Since 2007-2008 MWISD has been able to reduce our budget by 1.9 million dollars without effecting our student’s education. A bond election is one possible way to generate revenue to improve our district. If we focus on education and the results of the needs assessment as the purpose of the bond, I think it could be a successful endeavor for the district.
Q: How has your experience and background uniquely prepared you for the duties of a school board member?
A: My experience and training in sales for the last 15-plus years has given me the ability to deal with different personalities on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to learn from a very driven, successful, respected and dedicated leader in our community that I worked for about 16 years. I believe in respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for your actions and accountability for decisions made. These are traits that my parents believed in and passed on to me, these are traits that I try to pass on to my children, and traits that I try to apply to MWISD. The best interest of the students in our district, our children, is and will remain my top priority.