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Voter's Guide: Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Board Member (Elect 3) Laurie Bauerly Age: 43. Occupation: Attorney. Public office experience: None. What do you want to accomplish if elected? I would like to serve our community as a school board member. My goals...

Laurie Bauerly
Laurie Bauerly

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Board Member (Elect 3)

Laurie Bauerly

Age: 43.

Occupation: Attorney.

Public office experience: None.

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What do you want to accomplish if elected? I would like to serve our community as a school board member. My goals include: Keeping our schools safe; enhancing educational services and learning opportunities for students; retaining smart, professional staff; preparing students for future employment; maintaining fiscal responsibility; and supporting students at all levels.

Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? Communication is key, both between the school board and the community it serves, as well as amongst individual members of the school board. As a school board member, I would strive to keep the lines of communication open. I would also retain focus on what is best for our students.

What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? I strongly believe in the value of public education. I am a parent with two young children attending Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Elementary School. I think it is important for the school board to include community members who have children currently attending school in the district. In my profession, I work daily with persons from all walks of life. I am able to listen to others, communicate ideas and make difficult decisions. I am prepared to dedicate my time and energy to serving our community as a school board member.

Nancy Freeman

Age: 57.

Occupation: Retail store owner of Lundrigan's Clothing and The Walker General Store.

Public office experience: School board for the last four years.

What do you want to accomplish if elected? I'd like to gain/regain our district's confidence in our school and our board. We've seen changes and indicators show we're moving in the right direction. We have a great administration, we're in the process of becoming a high reliable school which has sparked new life into students and staff.

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Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? Specifically, making sure that we keep

our budget in balance so we can continue on the positive pattern we're experiencing now. With the changes that have been made over the last two years we've seen an increase in our enrollment due to the excitement of our districts choices. I want to be part of making sure we follow through on everything that's been started.

What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? This question is difficult because I don't feel I have any special qualifications to be a school board member. I'm a small business owner who believes in giving what I can to our community. My two sons graduated from WHA and now I have three grandchildren who are elementary students with more entering in the next few years. I want to make sure that our school stays strong and safe for them and the children and grandchildren of our entire district. It's easy to be negative about how things are done and not be involved. I decided to get involved.

Jarrod Mankie

Age: 47.

Occupation: Owner Northern Peace Funeral Home.

Public office experience: None.

What do you want to accomplish if elected? When tasked with any situations that arise, I want to resolve them quickly, fairly and with what I feel is the best for everyone involved.

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Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? When a person doesn't put themselves first, it's easier to solve problems. I plan to keep an open mind and deal with issues with a level head. Each goal will need different efforts from me and I will handle them accordingly when I can obtain all the details and information as it pertains to each goal or situation.

What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? I have a great ability to listen to what people have to say and incorporate it into a good outcome or the best outcome for the situation at hand. I usually have good ideas and I'm very calm under pressure. I like to solve problems and do my best at making everyone involved happy.

Barbara Sherman

Did not respond.

Jarrod Mankie
Jarrod Mankie

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