Four of the five candidates vying a seat on the Hudson School District Board of Education — Jamie Johnson, Bruce Hanson, Jeanette Kunz and Matthew G. Kari —all have issued statements about their candidacy. On Friday, the final candidate — Jim Schrock — issued the following statement:
There are four other qualified candidates running, and any who are elected will be an asset to the board. I ask for your vote of confidence in both of these important elections based upon these core beliefs:
I believe that all willing participants (citizens/taxpayers/parents, teachers, administration, board members and students) are recognized as vital and this inclusiveness of voice is crucial for making the best decisions in the interest of our children. The best decisions are made when all inputs are considered and balanced thought applied.
I believe that our school system should provide abundant opportunities for every student to excel and succeed. From academics and athletics, to club and volunteer activities, our children will benefit from strong support via a healthy education system and with this, ultimately graduate well prepared for work and/or further education. It is my belief that I can make impactful contributions that will build a collaborative and cooperative education system.
I believe that teachers are the front line in everyday school activities and need to have all the tools and support that we can possibly provide. A combination of strong teaching with visible community support will result in above average outcomes for our children. I believe that creative thinking needs to be applied using next generation technologies and curriculums as part of the toolbox. This will allow our students to be fully equipped to meet challenges beyond Hudson, beyond Wisconsin, and beyond the USA.
There is no question that there is an immediate need to address space limitations in the Hudson School system. It is important that every tax dollar that might be spent is done with the proper amount of due diligence, with purpose and accountability built into a democratic decision making process. I plan to listen to and work with all stakeholders so our community can be proud of the important decisions taken and the elected representatives involved. Beyond this pressing issue, our community needs an ongoing, rigorous process in place that creates an environment that ensures transparency and openness. This is my vision.
I humbly ask for your support and thank you for your consideration!
Schrock will face Johnson, Hanson, Kunz and Kari in a Feb. 19 primary. The general election will take place on April 2.