This is the fourth of my series of survey responses from Fox C-6 school board candidates. The election is April 7.
This is probably the final survey I will publish. Sherry Poppen did not complete a survey due to discomfort with the anonymous nature of this blog, and David Palmer so far has not responded to my emails. Not responding to emails from the public is standard practice for Palmer, and is yet another reason he has no business remaining on the board. But if either of these candidates change their mind, I will let you know.
As for Drew Kriese (Facebook page here):
Profession: District Manager for Bell American Group LLC
Connection to District: My wife is a 1994 Fox High School Graduate, and currently my 4 children attend school in the District. I have an 11th grader, a 6th grader, a 3rd grader and a 1st grader.
What is your reaction to the scandals that have rocked the Fox district over the past years? It has been devastating. The Fox district use to be one of the most sought after Districts to work for. We need to fight hard to make the standards and expectations extremely high again for our community of parents, students and staff.
How would you rate the performance of the Fox School Board over the past 5 years? Over the past year? Obviously something went wrong in our district. The Board has not been vigilant in holding staff to policy and procedure. If everyone on the board was standing for what was right and following through we would not be in the situation we are in now. It is simple to me, when we get back to basics, putting the students first, helping teachers succeed and being transparent the board will function as a whole once again. I think we are beginning down the right path in the past year or two, changes are being made!
What does the leadership of the Fox district have to do to regain the public’s trust? Leadership needs to be transparent, no more covering up of issues. They need to value the input of our community of parents and staff. There needs to be follow through on all issues, good and bad. Most of all we need our Leadership to be people of integrity and honor, let’s get back to being a district of Character that we can all be proud of.
What changes will you push for if elected? I think we all agree on one big change that we want to see: Transparency! We need to be an open book, there is no need to hide anything when we are providing what you were elected or hired to do. We need to make sure the culture of our district is an open forum. Parents and Teachers need to feel comfortable addressing any issue and TRUST that it will be handled properly. I would like the teachers to feel like their input matters, after all they are the ones educating our children every day, they know what is working and what isn’t. Without them we would not need a BOE.