Residents of the Sibley East School District will be electing four school board members on November 2.
Three candidates, Scott Dose, Anne Karl, and Dan Woehler, have filed for the three, four-year terms of office.
Two candidates, Beth DuFrane and Casey McCue, have filed for the one, two-year position on the school board. The two-year term was created by the resignation of Jodi Hanson earlier this year. Tim Dolan was appointed to fill the vacancy until the end of the year.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from The Gaylord Hub.
Biographical information: I am a lifelong resident of the Sibley East School District. I have five children that are in or have been in the Sibley East District. They have been involved in many different activities at SE.
Why are you running for school board? There are many exciting things happening in our district that I would like to be a part of.
What do you feel should be primary goals for Sibley East in the future? To continue to provide excellent educational opportunities to the students of our district, while continuing to support our communities.
What are your thoughts on new or upgraded school facilities? I feel there are some big changes that need to be made. I feel the needs of our district residents need to be remembered but fell the most important thing to remember is the students.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve on the school board? I have been involved in many aspects of the school from PALS to varsity sports and fine arts. My children have been in honors programs and have also worked with special needs workers.
Biographical information: My husband, Tom and I, along with our three boys, Aidan (3), Austin and Ashton (1) live between Arlington and Green Isle. We have lived and farmed in the area for about four years. After graduating from SMSU with an accounting degree, I began working at Ag Power in Belle Plaine. I worked there for about five years, until we had twin boys in May of 2009. We decided that it was best for all of us for me to stay at home with our boys.
Why are you running for school board? I am running for school board because with three young boys fast approaching school age, I feel it is important for me to help make sure they and every other student is getting the education they need and deserve. I have been attending ECFE classes that Sibley East has to offer. I believe this is where the foundation for our future students begins.
What do you feel should be primary goals for Sibley East in the future? I would like to see the ECFE program and pre-school programs expanded. Offer Latch-Key programs. Sibley East needs to begin recruiting our future students right away with a structured ECFE program, getting three and four-year-olds ready and excited to come to school for Kindergarten. Our children need to get a head start on the education they need and we want for the future generation.
What are your thoughts on new or upgraded school facilities? I truly believe that to be a successful school district we will need a new school. I sat in on one of the public meetings that the Steering Committee offered. It was stated that the Steering Committee has been working on a future school for a long time and that the Sibley East School District is at the bottom of the taxation market within the area. We have not done anything major with our schools and it shows. Both schools, being built in the 1930’s, are not in compliance with state code. The need to do something is now. But, with the economy in the state that it is, it is hard to think of paying out more taxes, especially farmers in this area, because many of them do not have any children i the school district. We are a minority-based school district and also have low income families; there must be other ways of obtaining funds from the state to offset the biggest portion of the new school. More research should be done in this area. If we continue upgrading our schools it is just covering up what will eventually need to be replaced, ultimately costing you more money. So, if we’re going to put that much into getting it up to code, we might as well spend a few more dollars and build a new school for our future generation.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve on the school board? I’m 28; I have a four-year degree in accounting and a minor in business from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. I am a mother of three and I want to make sure the Sibley East School District continues to offer the best education there is.