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Voters Guide: Greenfield School Board race

Candidate information for Tuesday, April 7, election

March 18, 2009

Cheryl Bailey

Age: 56

Employer/occupation: deputy sheriff, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

Years lived in district: 14

Education: associate's degree, MATC

Previous government experience: none

Community affiliations: St. John the Evangelist Church; Greenfield High School Drama Booster Club president; Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association

Contact: (414) 321-8225

With the economy in recession, what must be done to balance the needs of the School District and the taxpayers?

We need to stop unnecessary spending and also keep in mind our main goal is to provide a quality education to all students. During this weak economy should the school board have voted (4-3) to build a $1.8 million administration building? Could they have built it cheaper or waited until our financial situation improved? We should be careful not to create a bigger burden.

 

Aside from taxes, what would your priorities be?

Review all projects old and new to see where costs can be cut; work with schools to initiate a plan to help them run more efficiently and keep spending within their budgets; develop a committee between students and board members, where together they can voice concerns, opinions and ideas to help improve student moral and support; work closely with Greenfield police to curb bullying in our schools; push to keep extra-curriculum activities active.

If it were up to you, what would be the first thing you would do with school stimulus money?

I would allocate a portion of the money to each school, advising them to split it up evenly among departments, for the use of teaching materials and supplies within classrooms. My goal is to have teachers and students benefit directly.

Audrey Ellison

Age: 73

Employer/occupation: retired and crossing guard

Years lived in district: 73

Education: high school degree

Previous government experience: current School Board member, former Greenfield Public Celebration Committee treasurer, current chairwoman of Zoning Board of Appeals

Community affiliations: Greenfield High School National Honor Society, election poll worker, The Price is Right charity volunteer

Contact: (414) 545-1232

With the economy in a recession, what must be done to balance the needs of the School District and the taxpayers?

I believe to balance the needs of the School District and taxpayers, there must be constant evaluation of short-term expenditures; the district should formulize shared resources across the district; there should be continued investigation and application of state and federal grant opportunities.

 

Aside from taxes, what would your priorities be?

My priorities, if elected, are to continue to insure a quality education to all students throughout the district; openly be a conduit between the public and the School District; safeguard the financial stability of the budget.

If it were up to you, what would be the first thing you would do with school stimulus money?

If the Greenfield School District were fortunate enough to receive temporary stimulus money, I would evaluate existing and proposed programs to determine the status of each. I would then recommend the purchase of long-term capital expenditures to ensure the continuation of the programs. Since the stimulus money is temporary, the money should be spent for set-up costs, thus possibly eliminating future big expenses.

Rick Moze

Age: 55

Employer/occupation: safety coordinator, Miller Brewing Company

Years lived in district: 26

Education: high school degree

Previous government experience: Greenfield School District Business Administration Committee, city of Greenfield Land Use Committee

Community affiliations: Numerous Greenfield School District events and organizations

Contact: (414) 541-5224; mozeforschoolboard@wi.rr.com

With the economy in a recession, what must be done to balance the needs of the School District and the taxpayers?

The essential problem is that the district's costs are increasing at twice the rate of its revenues. And as a member of the district's Business Administration Committee, I closely scrutinized the district's bills. We need to continue being financially vigilant, but we also need federal and state help.

Aside from taxes, what would your priorities be?

One of my biggest priorities is to ensure that students continue to receive the high quality education that they need in today's economy. I would strive to provide teachers and students with the resources that they need to succeed. One thing that I would do is increase the use of smart boards, which allows teachers to incorporate multi-media materials.

If it were up to you, what would be the first thing you would do with school stimulus money?

I believe that any stimulus money should be spent on capital, not operating expenses. Using it to cover the district's operating expenses would be only a temporary fix. Instead, we should invest any stimulus funds in capital expenditures, like smart boards and rehabilitating Greenfield Middle School.

Julie Rome

Age: 36

Employer/occupation: health unit communicator, Children's Hospital emergency department trauma center

Years lived in district: 27

Education: high school degree, Greenfield High School; cosmetology license after attending Eric of Norway Beauty School

Previous government experience: current School Board member; past Greenfield Public Celebrations Committee member, Greenfield Parks and Recreation Board-School Board representative

Community affiliations: St. Alphonsus Church, Dan Jansen Family Fest

Contact: (414) 281-9782; disneyrome@gmail.com

With the economy in a recession, what must be done to balance the needs of the School District and the taxpayers?

During our economic times, I will continue to be fiscally responsible and make sure that we continue to provide a quality education for our kids with the least amount of tax burden on the taxpayers.

Aside from taxes, what would your priorities be?

I will continue to be committed to making sure all students have the best possible educational opportunities and continue to maintain quality teachers.

If it were up to you, what would be the first thing you would do with school stimulus money?

First we need to do some work on our buildings, like roofs need to be done, and some maintenance. Second with technology, I would like to see us purchase some more smart boards for our middle school as well as our elementary schools.

Jim Sabinash

Age: 51

Employer/occupation: human relations generalist, Magnetek

Years lived in district: 20

Education: high school degree

Previous government experience: none

Community affiliations: Greenfield Education Foundation secretary, St. Gregory the Great Parish

Contact: (414) 543-1397; thesabs@wi.rr.com

With the economy in a recession, what must be done to balance the needs of the School District and the taxpayers?

I believe the board needs to seek long-term, cost-effective solutions and efficiencies to address the district needs. The decisions made must be fiscally responsible based on today's challenges, as well as those that could impact us in the years to come. Now more then ever, we need to have a vision for our future.

Aside from taxes, what would your priorities be?

First, I'd like to see a commitment to providing our schools with the latest technology to equip our teachers with the best possible tools and give our students a learning environment on par with the 21st century. Second, I'd like to see a focus on wellness district wide. The healthier our district, the potentially lower our insurance premiums could be!

If it were up to you, what would be the first thing you would do with school stimulus money?

Government cuts in educational funding have caused our district to cut funding deeper and deeper. If stimulus money becomes available, I'd like to see it go toward maintaining and improving programs related to art, music, theater and sports. Besides generating revenue, these programs are beneficial to creating well-rounded, productive students!

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