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General election voters guide for Muskego-Norway School Board

March 17, 2014

Editor's Note: Candidates were asked to limit responses to 100 words.

 

ROBERT BOHMANN (I)

Age: 40

Address: 25800 Auburn Court, Wind Lake

Years in district: two

Employer/occupation: commercial banking, Johnson Bank

Education: bachelor's degree in management systems- finance from Milwaukee School of Engineering; MBA from Marquette University

Political history: appointed to the School Board in September; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin-board of trustees; Franklin Educational Foundation; Exchange Club of Milwaukee- current board of directors

Community involvement: National Night Out, Jammin on Janesville, Country Christmas, Muskego Fest

Family: wife, Kim; children: Lilly, 7 and Thomas, 3

Contact: bohmann4schoolboard@gmail.com

What is the biggest challenge facing the Muskego-Norway schools and how would you address it?

Sound Stewardship. We need to utilize our resources to protect and educate our children. Our facilities should provide an environment that is safe and where kids can learn. We need to balance fiscally conservative spending with interruptions or missing days due to mechanical failures or deteriorating buildings. We need to attract and retain high-quality staff with reasonable benefits and pay while keeping the tax levy flat. I would address it by analyzing what gives us the greatest return on our investment. Knowing our resources are finite, making sure they are deployed to bring the greatest benefit to our community.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I have served on a variety of boards that have demanded sound fiscal stewardship, strong leadership and vision. That experience, along with my professional experience in the finance industry, has prepared me to tackle the challenges the district faces. As a parent of two younger children and 11 nieces and nephews in our schools, I bring a unique perspective to the board. Our community demands and deserves sound fiscal responsibility, integrity, transparency, and unwavering focus on high results. I have the background, the experience and the drive to deliver the results the community deserves.

CHRIS BUCKMASTER

Age: 49

Address: S7191 Westcot Drive

Years in district: 14

Employer/occupation: We Energies, senior IT infrastructure consultant in telecommunications

Education: master's degree in leadership studies, public service specialization from Marquette University; bachelor's degree, Marquette University

Political history: Muskego alderman District 2, (2003-07); Muskego Public Library Board; Muskego Plan Commission

Community involvement: Wisconsin Telecommunications & Technology Association board of director; Muskego-Norway School District Facilities Study Team; Muskego 2020 Comprehensive Planning Committee; VFW

Family: wife, Melissa; children, Toby (eighth grade at Bay Lane) and Tessa (fourth grade at Tess Corners)

Contact: (414) 422-4828; cbuckmaster@wi.rr.com

What is the biggest challenge and how would you address it?

I see three challenges: The first revolves around the budgetary needs of our school system; we need to consider the impact for the taxpayer as well as preferences based on parental input, prior to implementing new policies, procedures or curriculum. The second will be the adoption of the federally imposed Common Core Standards. This presents us with unknown costs and more standardized testing. It is crucial for parents to understand the standards and the value and impact to our students and taxpayers. The third is ensuring a safe, secure and supportive learning environment in our schools.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I am a good listener, logical, analytical thinker, detail-oriented and have a drive for success. I will look fairly at issues and work with all parties to make the right decisions for our children's future. I will bring a values-based leadership philosophy with four guiding principles on the School Board; quality education; balanced curriculum; parent and community involvement and financial responsibility. I understand the many challenges our students face. As a lifelong learner, having attended two-year and four-year colleges along with my military service (Navy), I offer a unique perspective that will contribute to our children's success.

DEAN STROM (I)

Age: 47

Address: S8011 Scenic Drive

Years in district: eight

Employer/occupation: financial adviser, Annex Wealth Management

Education: University Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 1992 bachelor's degree in mass communication

Political history: School Board for six years (four of those years as treasurer)

Community involvement: for seven years, an active, registered classroom volunteer in the Muskego-Norway schools; currently New Berlin Soap Box Derby board member

Family: wife, Melanie; daughter, Lindsay, 11

Contact: deanstrom@yahoo.com

What is the biggest challenge facing the Muskego-Norway schools and how would you address it?

We have many big challenges in the district; the condition of our aging elementary schools and drug use by our students are two of them. But I believe that we have many more positive things happening in the district at this time. High achieving students, an award-winning music department, state champion student-athletes, lower taxes and hardworking teachers and staff are some of the many positives. The biggest challenge that I think we face is to keep the district moving forward and maintain the momentum and positive things that we have going on in this school district.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

Experience. Ability to listen and act responsibly. History of acting in a financially savvy manner. For the past six years, I've been a part of a School Board that has helped lead this district to greater heights. And as a financial adviser, I have a keen understanding of how to live within your means. As I feel I have done the last six years, I will continue to do what I can to make Muskego-Norway the district of choice in southeastern Wisconsin.

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