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Germantown School Board Seat Seven race

Voter's guide for Tuesday, April 7, election

March 17, 2009

Erin Jex

Age: 32

Address: N11807 Daniels Drive

Employer/occupation: eighth-grade math teacher at Badger Middle School, West Bend

Education: bachelor's degree in finance, master's degree in education

Years living in Germantown: 4 1/2

Contact: (262) 643-4177

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

Although not ideal, there are some options. As more kids enter the district, class sizes will have to increase. The district should make aides available in classes with a high student-teacher ratio. Other options could include making some classes, art and music, portable or moving fifth-graders to the middle school.

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

I think the decision by the current board to offer the option of all-day kindergarten to parents was a good decision.

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

I think we should look into more technical programs, such as Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program, at our high school to prepare our students for future careers. We also should have representation with Milwaukee Area Technical College to help bring programs to our district for our students.

Tom Bowe (i)

Age: 42

Address: W12518 Westwood Road

Employer/occupation: vice president of marketing and engineering at Metrix Software

Education: bachelor's degree in science, electrical engineering and master's degree in business administration

Years living in Germantown: 12

Contact: (262) 250-1665

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

We need to creatively solve our space problems, make some tough curriculum choices, continue hiring the best teachers/principals/staff, reduce our total cost per student and catch up with other communities that have already solved some of the issues we are facing.

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

As a current member of the board and treasurer for the last six months, I support this program and I am glad we are finally offering it to everyone that wants all-day kindergarten. I think parents are very happy we terminated the lottery.

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

My top priorities are reducing property taxes and tightly managing school finances. Also, we need to get better in science and math, alcohol and drug prevention, physical education and using technology in the classroom. I have the experience needed to help us through this painful recession.

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