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Thursday, September 3, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine ALBRECHT Concluded from 13.1 my children to be a part of the district, as well as the potential of me being in- volved on the board. I work in Norwalk every day and see firsthand that this school is the backbone of our community. It draws in families, busi- nesses and guides and shapes our children for a lifetime by enabling con— tinued education, success- ful careers and citizenship. I am fortunate that my employer allows me the flexibility to undertake something like this. Q. If this is your first time seeking election to the School Board, have you attended meetings prior to your becoming a candidate? A. This is my first time seeking election to the school board. I have not attended school board meetings prior to my can- didacy. I have attended several school committee and other school-related meetings in the past. Q. Do you serve on any city or school committees and if so, which ones? A. I have served on the school Legislative Com- mittee and the Norwalk Area Chamber of Com- merce Board and current- ly am a member of the Cumming Planning and Zoning Commission. Q. Do you have any specific changes you would like to see made? If so, what are they? A. I am not seeking this position with any specific changes in mind. My pref- erence is to review avail- able research and data to help make informed deci- sions on material changes. Q. Have you been active in other community projects and if so, what are they? A. Through my work at City State Bank, my Nor- walk Area Chamber mem- bership and personally, I have been involved in countless community projects through the years and hope to be a part of many more in the years to come. Q. Do you have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church orga- nizations? List them if you wish. A. I am a member of the Iowa State Bar Associa— tion, the Iowa Trust Asso- ciation, the Des Moines Estate Planners Forum, the Iowa Bankers Association , the Cumming City Plan- ning and Zoning Commis— sion. Q. What are your hob- bies and/or special inter- ests? A. Golfing, fishing and spending time with my family. KAUL . Concluded from p. 1 the School Board, have you attended meetings prior to your becoming a candidate? A. I have been elected to the School BOard three times previously‘and did attend meetings prior to being elected. Q. Do you serve on any city or school committees and if so, which ones? A. Ihave served and am serving on: PPEL Renewal Committee, School Local Option Sales Tax (SILO) Committee, SIAC Com— mittees, Warren County Conference Board, City- School Committee, Build- ings and Grounds Com- mittee, Capital Projects Committee and Legisla- tive Action Committee. Q. Do you have any specific changes you would like to see made? If so, what are they? A. I have no specific changes to suggest; how- ever, I would like to see the District continue the progress made in student achievement and profi- ciency. I would also like to make sure the School Dis- trict is prepared for growth and the changes in education that all schools will be facing with Iowa Core and other issues. Q. Have you been active in other community projects and if so, what are they? A. I have not been active in other community projects in recent years, other than providing ver- bal support for projects that will improve Norwalk living. Q. Do you have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church orga— nizations? List them if you wish. A. Outside of the Nor- walk School Board, I am a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa and Hot Alma Nights (an organization in my home town that pro- duces an annual car show as a cancer fundraiser.) Q. What are your hob- bies and/or special inter- . ests? A. I prefer outdoor ac— tivities such as fishing, bik- ing, riding my motorcycle or ATV and home projects. If my kids or nephews are involved, it’s even better. I believe Norwalk Schools qualify as my “Special In- terest” as I want to see our schools continue to out- perform all other schools. Although I no longer have children in the District, I still take pride in the achievement of the stu- dents, staff and adminis- tration. I did not attend school in Norwalk, but I am a Warrior. *3”!- Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie REYNOLDS- WARD Concluded from p. 1 A. Yes. Q. Do you serve on any city or school committees and if so, which ones? A.. None at this time. Q. Do you have any specific changes you would like to see made? if so, what are they? A. I think the most im- portant thing for a new board member would be to continue supporting the quality initiatives in place in Norwalk and to main- tain the strong tradition of quality education in Nor- walk. Things have been done very well in N orwalk and any new members will have big shoes to fill in or- der to keep Norwalk pro- gressive educationally. Q. Have you been active in othar community projects md if so, what are they? A. I “as a board mem- ber for the Urbandale Girls Recreatzon Association that was responsible for running several athletic programs for girls K-12 in Urbandale. Q. Do you have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church orga— nizations? List them if you wish. A. Since my transition to Urbardale, I have not been a pirt of any organi- zation, bit I look forward to chang‘ng that soon. I previouily served as a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 15 years. Q. What are your hob- bies and/or special inter- ests? A. I am passionate about children and sup- porting at-risk students. I volunteer much of my time offering free tutoring and menbring. Monarch Madness It is that time of year again, wlen the monarch butterflizs are heading south forthe winter. Sat- urday, Set. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., .Jeal Smith Na- tional Willlife Refuge will be celebrzing this incred- ible migrzion with a spe- cial eventalled Monarch Madness. Duringhis event, par- ticipants ‘ill help Refuge staff catcttag and release monarch utterflies. This event is fze and open to the publiof all ages. You me borrow one of our nets r bring along your own\lo prior expe- rience butpace is limited, so registesoon! To regis- ter, contat the Refuge at 515-994-1400 or Brianna_Itrick@fws.gov. CM 911 for emeigencies! SCHUEMAN N Concluded from p. 1 A. Ihave a real appreci- ation for the education I received as a Norwalk stu- dent and I believe public education in Iowa and in Norwalk is at a critical juncture. To stay competi— tive in the world, our kids need a quality education more than ever, while they are facing increasing bud- getary constraints. The growth this district is like- ly to face in the years ahead will put a strain on our budget and capabili- ties. Thanks to my own education from Norwalk and the U of 1, I’ve enjoyed career and personal suc- cess. I have a skill set I think will be useful to help the Board decide the best use of the funding they are given and a desire to ad- vocate for the best educa— tional experience we can afford our kids. I feel this is the right time for me to become more involved in the school district and to give back to this commu- nity that’s given me so much. . Q. Have you attended meetings prior to becom- ing a candidate? A. I have not attended school board meetings in Norwalk for many years. I think like most parents, we get busy with work, fami- ly, etc. and don't make the time for civic involvement like we should. I do attend bank board meetings in the course of my employ- ment on a regular basis, as well as numerous other committee and subcom- mittee meetings for com- pliance related discus- sions. Q. Do you serve on any city or school committees and if so, which ones? A. I do not. I guess in that sense I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool right up front. I am committed and willing to serve as a volunteer for this district giving my time to help. I have legal and financial experience and I’m comfortable working as a team member to make critical decisions for an or- ganization, having served that role in my profession- al life many times. Q. Do you have any specific changes you would like to see made? A. I don’t. I think Board members need to be mind- ful of providing the best education possible while serving as responsible stewards of the taxpayer’s money. I believe the dol- lars we spend on educa- tion are one of the best in- vestments we can make in our collective future. But of course the decision to spend has to be logical, well-considered and effec- tive. The School Board should work as a team to listen, weigh and consider carefully any spending decisions before it. I don’t think its appropriate for any board candidate to enter this process with a preconceived agenda or an issue they champion. No individual board member can control the decision on a single item and all are asked to come to the table ready to collaborate thoughtfully while keep- ing an open mind In my job, research is key to what I do and every decision the bank makes is better when it comes from a place of well rounded, well in- formed discussion and knowledge. the School Board is no different in my view. Q. Have you been ac- tive on other community projects? A. I served on the Board ‘of Serendipity Preschool in Norwalk when my son was a student there.I also coached a summer of t-ball through the Parks and Rec. department in Norwalk. I helped organize several class reunions for our 1983 tions and questions. Last year I helped organize and volunteered when my bank provided ticket sales and services to the Nation— al AA Junior Olympics during their stay in Cen- tral Iowa. Q. Do you have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church orga- nizations? A. Through my em- ployment, I’m a member of the American Bankers As- sociation (recently obtain- ing their Certified Regula- tory Compliance Manager certification), the Iowa Banker’s Association and the Risk Management As- sociation. Q. What are your hob- bies and/or special inter- est? A. I enjoy gardening, reading, writing, pets, knitting and rock collect- ing. I live on an average and we like to camp and hike so I enjoy the great outdoors. I loved partici- pating in sports when I alumni, each held in the was younger, but find that local area. I volunteer with I make a much better spec- Iowa Legal Aid monthly to tator nowadays. assist with client applica- BOOSTER CLUB MINUTES Concluded from p. 8 Booster Club provides for them. Darin will get in touch with the person who put together some of the videos for the video board for A1 and determine a time we can all get to- gether to write the script for the video. Al Lammers repOrted that an Athletic Hall of Fame has been developed for the school. He is trying to coordinate it so the in- duction of the first person can be on September 10th at the community pep as- sembly and then introduce this person at the Home- coming half—time. Al asked Matt Leek to be part of this selection committee as a representative of the boosters. Anyone can be nominated at the AD website norwalkwarriors .org. The golf outing is com- ing together nicely. Matt Leek questioned the board’s thoughts on whether we should offer free golf to one person of each company who do- nated a $250 hole sponsor- ship. The board deter- mined this would be a good idea. Matt further reported that he is still in : the process of determining a sponsor for the hole-in— one, but unsure if this will work out. Al Lammers indicated that he would look at the school calendar and deter- mine the best dates to have the boys and girls youth basketball tournaments next year and get back to the board. Open Discussion No open discussion items at this meeting. Adjournment Motion was made by A1 Lammers to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Nancy LaVelle. Motion ‘ carried. Meeting was ad- journed at 8:47 pm. The next NABC meet- ing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 pm. at the Norwalk High School Library. Respectfully Submitted, Stacy Rosonke Secretary We can help you with your HOMECOMING HAIR STYLE! Call for an appointment. 981-9011 BARBERS UNLIMITED 1043 Sunset Dr. Ste 1, 981-9011 We appreciate your business.