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Germantown School Board race

Voter's guide for April 2 election (one seat)

March 19, 2013

Brian Medved

Age: 45

Employer/occupation: owner of WI Home Solutions

Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Contact: info@votebrianmedved.com; brianmedved.com

Why are you the right person for the job?

I have a background in construction, management, loss prevention, leadership roles in volunteer organizations and fundraising, this experience has allowed me to lead others and we have accomplished amazing results in a short amount of time. I am a critical thinker that comes up with innovative solutions to complex problems. What is the long-term answer for closing the district's budget gaps?

The board has done a good job closing the budget gap by using the tools provided by ACT 10 and paying down debt. There needs to be five-year, 10-year, etc., planning for budget items to avoid deficits. The board needs to focus on competitive bidding for health care insurance as a way to create savings for the district. A focus on health and wellness programs is a great way to keep staff healthy and reduce costs. My experience in construction should be a compliment to the existing board; I have many ideas to reduce maintenance costs and future building needs.

What is a solution for the district's issue of limited building space and growing enrollment?

Enrollment seems to be leveling off and may even go down in the next several years. Having taken a tour of the schools and being able to see the issues of space first hand, I have several ideas to make better use of space and some possible future expansions for the district. I know that this can be accomplished with minimal expense and fit within our current budget constraints. I will focus on saving for the future because I do believe that our enrollment will increase as the district gets recognized as one of the best in the country.

Jill North

Age: 58

Employer/occupation: hand therapist for private practice hand surgeon at Elmbrook Hospital

Education: occupational degree from Mount Mary College

Contact: (262) 628-4491; jillnorthdaughters@yahoo.com

Why are you the right person for the job?

I am committed to providing excellent public education. I have been involved in the schools and community for the past 17 years. My experience and involvement gives me a perspective on what is happening in our schools. I positively interact with all groups and am a creative problem solver.

What is the long-term answer for closing the district's budget gaps?

Schools are locked into budgets through revenue caps. The per student cost of education was capped in 1993. Twenty years have passed and any allowable increases along with state cutbacks monetarily challenge school districts to deliver current education or develop any new programming. Capital improvements cannot be funded unless other areas are cut or a referendum is passed to increase spending. Explore additional ways of producing revenue outside of the tax base and state aid. Continue to nurture and foster relationships with school and community groups. These groups use the school buildings but also give back monetarily to the district.

What is a solution for the district's issue of limited building space and growing enrollment?

I am a firm believer in small class sizes. The district has a guideline/policy for class size. We are over the guideline in several elementary grade levels.

Specialty classrooms can be used to deliver grade level education however this means art and music travel from room to room. I feel this is temporary solution to space. Ultimately, building an elementary school is the solution to easing the space needs and getting back to the class size policy. The board will need to feel the pulse of the community in judging whether to put the referendum question out there.

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