For the past seven years I have had the privilege of working with Tom Gehl on the Elmbrook School Board. For many good reasons he has been elected president of the School Board for the past five years.
Tom is proactive in reaching out as well as responding to concerned members of the community. He is very conscientious about responding to emails and inviting correspondents to get together personally over a cup of coffee to discuss their concerns. This was most obvious during the period when the board was considering the closing of an elementary school and Tom personally responded to hundreds of emails.
Tom has been a strong supporter of the "size facilities for resident students" recommendation of the High School Facilities Referendum. As a result, the non-resident student enrollment which had grown to 13 percent of our student body currently stands at 9.5 percent.
For his entire period of service on the board, Tom has been an advocate for strengthening the literature and reading components of our curriculum. Although not alone in this accomplishment, I credit him with a major role in the recently redesigned curriculum in this area.
While not visible to the public eye, Tom has worked behind the scenes to both recognize high performing teachers as well as address issues with teachers who are not serving our students adequately.
Finally, I would point to a few of the district accomplishments during his service: ACT scores consistently among the highest in the state, Forbes Magazine ranking Elmbrook among the top five districts in the United States for "best value for the housing buck," MacIver Institute granting Elmbrook the only "A" grade among the 50 largest districts in Wisconsin.
I highly recommend Tom Gehl for re-election to the Elmbrook School Board.
Glen R. Allgaier
Elmbrook School Board Member
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