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General election voters guide for New Berlin School Board

March 17, 2014

Editor's Note: Candidates were asked to limit responses to 100 words.

 

AMY CROSBY

Age: 39

Address: 3959 S. Victoria Court

Years in district: 14

Employer/occupation: Rockwell Automation, senior field support engineer

Education: bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University

Political history: Home and School Board at Glen Park Elementary School, 2011/2012

Community involvement: church youth group leader for 18 years. Currently at Hales Corners Lutheran, coach for NBAA soccer, coach for Upward Cheer, Girl Scout leader for seven years, Girl Scout school organizer at Elmwood Elementary, Sixth Grade Graduation Committee head at Glen Park, Elmbrook Church women's event speaker coordinator, 2012.

Family: husband, Keith; daughter, Amanda, 13; son, Ben, 11; daughter, Audrey, 7

Contact: (262) 814-0391; CrosbyforNBSchoolBoard@live.com; www.facebook.com/CrosbyforNBSchoolBoard?ref=hl

What is the biggest challenge facing the New Berlin schools and how would you address it?

A challenge facing the New Berlin schools is the much needed facility updates and finding creative ways to finance those updates. I would explore options to fund our facility needs while being fiscally conservative with the money entrusted to the School Board by the taxpayers of New Berlin.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I highly value education and understand the importance of having our children well prepared for success in college and careers. I believe that we need to retain local control of our curriculum and re-evaluate the Common Core curriculum in math and reading to determine if it is the best direction for our district before the decision to adopt the standards in science and social studies is made. I am committed to grow a successful and effective learning environment for all students in our community.

ART MARQUARDT (I)

Age: 51

Address: 17940 W. Beres Road

Years in district: 23

Employer/occupation: process control consultant for Honeywell Process Solutions, based in Oak Creek but consult all over the US and Canada and mentor other Honeywell staff members

Education: USAF missile systems analyst course and various technical and management courses throughout my career

Political history: elected to the New Berlin School Board for three terms (nine years)

Community involvement: board of directors of the New Berlin Soap Box Derby Commission; scoutmaster; member of many New Berlin School District volunteer advisory boards prior to election to the board; member of the American Legion

Family: wife Anne; sons, Alan 22, and Andrew, 19, who both grew up in the New Berlin schools, and daughter, Amy 18, a senior at New Berlin West High School

Contact: Art_Marquardt@Yahoo.com; phone (262) 679-5402

What is the biggest challenge facing the New Berlin schools and how would you address it?

There is no single biggest challenge facing our district at this time. The district is well run, fiscally sound and our student body as a whole has very high achievement levels. Most of our buildings have been updated or replaced. We need to continue to provide an excellent education that meets the needs of each of our students. Additional opportunities to meet individual student needs will come from community collaboration as well as from other educational organizations such as WCTC. We also need to complete this round of facilities updates by completing needed work at the Eisenhower campus.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I have proven results as a member of the Board of Education in moving this district forward. We have done away with most of our deferred maintenance, have replaced schools and have right-sized our facilities and programs in a way to be fiscally sustainable. I ask each of you for your support to allow me to continue in your service.

DAVE MAXEY (I)

Age: 41

Address: 17240 W. Rogers Drive

Years in district: 10

Employer/occupation: sales

Education: associate degree marketing-WCTC

Political history: New Berlin School Board 2008-present; served as president since 2011 and vice president (2009, 2010)

Community involvement: U.S Navy veteran, New Berlin School Board, Moving New Berlin Forward, Brookfield Christian Reformed Church, Poplar Creek Church

Family: wife, Tracy; daughters, Morgan, 10, and Melissa, 5, and son, Matthew, 9

Contact: (262) 784-5663; maxeyforschoolboard@gmail.com

What is the biggest challenge facing the New Berlin schools and how would you address it?

The biggest challenge is the budget. Every year the district sees a reduction in state aid and an increase in costs. I look at the school district budget the same way as my household budget; we need to live within our means. My goal is to balance facility needs, attract and retain the highest quality educators to put in front of our students to prepare them for college and careers while being good fiscal stewards of New Berlin tax dollars.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

As a parent of three children in the district, I want to provide the best possible education for my children as well as the children of the district. I am very proud of the many improvements that the district has made in recent years, but there is more work to be done. Under my leadership, we have begun the work of making necessary improvements to the schools throughout the district and to district communications. I am eager to continue the progress by working with the community, staff and students to make this the best school district possible.

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