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Germantown School Board Seat One race

Voter's guide for Tuesday, April 7, election

March 17, 2009

Jayson Stemo

Age: 31

Address: W15867 Bayberry Circle

Employer/occupation: division manager at Metal Improvement Co.

Education: bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, master's degree in business administration

Years living in Germantown: 3

Contact: (414) 915-6808

How do you propose to address future facilities issues, such as overcrowding at district elementary schools?

We can address the school capacity issue and the need to build another school by creating a fund to save money for the project. We need to investigate how we use our current rooms and identify which village and school buildings we can use until another school is built.

How do you propose to address the all-day kindergarten issue?

I am in favor of bringing back all-day kindergarten and offering it to all residents who would choose this educational option. I would address the current space issues by using mobile music and art classes, which will free up rooms to house all-day kindergarten.

What other issues stand out, and how do you propose to address them?

Some ideas to control spending could include eliminating the use of outside contractors and consultants, reducing our transportation and busing costs by not paying for students who drive or walk to school every day, and reducing the number of teachers and administrators who travel to conferences around the state.

Kim Fischer

Age: 48

Address: N10738 Monroe Court

Employer/occupation: kindergarten through fifth-grade gifted and talented coordinator, Mequon-Thiensville School District

Education: bachelor's degree in education, master's degrees in education and educational leadership

Years living in Germantown: 16

Contact: (262) 385-0976

How do you propose to address future facilities issues, such as overcrowding at district elementary schools?

I would be interested in forming a task force where concerned parties could analyze the needs of elementary buildings and other issues that may contribute to creating new district boundaries or utilizing buildings in new ways.

How do you propose to address the all-day kindergarten issue?

I would be interested in investigating off-campus sites that could be rented for full-day kindergarten, or consider creating a full-day kindergarten through fifth-grade school, a full-day kindergarten through second-grade school, a third- through fifth-grade school and one school that would stay the same, half-day kindergarten through fifth-grade.

What other issues stand out, and how do you propose to address them?

The major issue is trying to keep existing programs without sacrificing quality education due to state budget cuts. I would plan to address this by collaborating with community and business stakeholders to find ways of working together in order to provide 21st-century education in preparing students for the future.

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