I feel that serving on the school board is a significant way of being involved with my three children as well as my community. I have served on the Southwest Site Council for the last seven years and that has helped me understand the interlocking of the elementary school. I was a volunteer on the facilities committee to research information for building the new high school. I feel my experience and involvement with the school provides a good foundation to serve as a school board member.


Brian Schrag

Q: Why are you running for USD 382 Board of Education.

A: I feel that serving on the school board is a significant way of being involved with my three children as well as my community. I have served on the Southwest Site Council for the last seven years and that has helped me understand the interlocking of the elementary school. I was a volunteer on the facilities committee to research information for building the new high school. I feel my experience and involvement with the school provides a good foundation to serve as a school board member.

Q: What challenges face the Board??

A: The governor’s budget recommendations called for yet another reduction in the base state aid per student for the upcoming school year. Balancing our budget, maintaining quality education and keeping the infrastructure in good repair will be in the forefront. Another challenge is disposing of Haskins Elementary school. This needs to be beneficial to both the school district and the community.

Q: What are your goals as a board member?

A: I want to work through these challenges in a diplomatic way that is beneficial to all involved. I want to make sure in the process of making sure No Child Is Left Behind that we don’t lose focus on those students that excel well beyond expectations and that we provide them every opportunity to further educate, challenge and prepare themselves for the future.

Q: What is working well for the Board and what could be improved??

A: I believe the current board members have been a very cohesive board and have worked towards the best interest of our school and community. The Board has dealt with its share of challenges from building a new high school to trimming the budget. I believe it is important as we move forward to maintain this high level of cooperation and open discussion between students, teachers, administration and community.

Q: What is your education background?

A: I graduated from Moundridge High School in 1986, attended Bethel College in 1987 and graduated from Kansas State University in 1990 with a degree in agribusiness.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: Our Savior Lutheran Preschool treasurer, baseball and basketball youth coach and Southwest Site Council.

 

Andrea Wilson

Q: Why are you running for USD 382 Board of Education.

A: A couple of teachers encouraged me to run. I have been and will continue to be involved and interested in my children’s education and the education of the other children in the community. My involvment has given me some insight into what administrators, teachers and students face in education today. I want a better understanding of the district and to be able to contribute to planning the future of the district.

Q: What challenges face the Board??

A: With past and future cuts in state funding, along with increasing expectations in student achievement, the Board faces the most difficult challenge of deciding where and how funds will best serve the students. Tough times also make it a challenge to keep the community involved in education. The district needs community involvement, support and interest more than ever.

Q: What are your goals as a board member?

A: If elected my first goal is to always keep students and educators as a top priority. Students deserve the best possible education with the resources available. Another goal is to make sure that students retain the additional opportunities in school beyond what is required by law. I want to get more community and parental involvement with the student’s education.

Q: What is working well for the Board and what could be improved??

A: Superintendent Glen Davis and Curriculum Director Suzan Patton have recommended cuts, sometimes unpopular, and the Board has acted on those recommendations that have brought more stability to the district during uncertain funding times.

Q: What is your education background?

A: Attended USD?382 schools from kindergarten to senior and graduated in 1997. Attended Fort Hays State University from 1997 to 1999 and Wichita State University from 2000 to 2003 graduating with a business degree.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: Haskins/Southwest Elementary Site Council for four years, Haskins PTO for five years, representative on various USD 382 committees, elementary school parent volunteer, Wednesday night leader and treasurer for PALS, children with special needs ministry team for First United Methodist Church.