This April 5 School Board election is as important as any election in recent memory. The at-large candidates could very well shift the fiscal policy of the board from a conservative focus to an add, add, add and spend, spend, spend mode of operation.
My experience with Katy Wilson leads me to the conclusion that Katy Wilson deserves re-election. She is analytical and intelligent, plus she has demonstrated that she comes to the board meetings prepared to have serious discussions with both the administration and her fellow board members.
I have had several meetings with Katy Wilson to discuss a broad range of important issues and to listen to her rationale and positions. She has stressed the need to rank the many options the board has on its plate, so the most important are handled first and that decision-making proceeds from the highest priority to lowest priority, not vice-versa or in some jumbled order that the administration might prefer. She is an advocate of a demanding, strong curriculum that actually demonstrates academic achievement and balances the demands of the educational system for an ever more expansive revenue base with a strong motivation to retain fiscal responsibility.
Katy Wilson supports a 4-year-old kindergarten program for Elmbrook because she believes it will strengthen both academic and competitive positions for Elmbrook. I disagree with that position, but I also believe that she understands that adopting a K4 program at this time would be an irresponsible decision. She understands that it is presently impossible to properly assess the fiscal effect of implementing a K4 program.
I urge you to vote on April 5, and more than that, I urge you to vote for Katy Wilson for the at-large seat.
J. J. Theder
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