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School board needs caring citizens

By Jeri Kunkle | Jul 11, 2013

To the Editor,

It is time for citizens who care about education in Fairfield to step up and consider running for the Fairfield School Board. After six years I am stepping down to make way for new ideas and youthful energy.

Art Sathoff is a top-notch superintendent who is conscientious and organized, who cares about student learning, and whose integrity is unquestionable. We have a director of auxiliary services who is dedicated, detail oriented, and who always looks for ways to save the district money. We have a board that has taken the time to be trained and educated on what it takes to be good board members, and we are working well together for what is best for the students. We have incredible teachers and administrators who are knowledgeable and who honestly care about our students. This district is strong!

We need board members who understand our vision and want to support the district’s plan while being our connection to the community and to their concerns. We need people with flexible schedules who can attend conventions, school events and meetings. We need people who understand the importance of education and technology, who set high expectations for our students, and who are open to change because teaching has certainly changed.

The board does not deal with the everyday job of running the district. Our job is to set policies, to oversee budgets and building plans, to contact political leaders about educational concerns, to keep informed on educational changes like Iowa Core and to evaluate the superintendent, who evaluates the administrators, who in turn evaluate our teachers.

If you feel the need to serve your community in a very important way, in a way that can touch many lives, run for the school board. The election is Sept. 10, but papers and signatures must be turned in to the Administration/Curriculium/Technology Building by Aug. 1.

Contact the ACT Building for more information at 641-472-2655. You can make a difference!


— Jeri Kunkle, Fairfield


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