Four Candidates for St. Michael-Albertville School Board

Four candidates applied as candidates for the St. Michael-Albertville School Board.

There are three seats open on the school board this November and four candidates on the ballot.

All three incumbents all are running for re-election, that includes Jeanne Holland, Drew Scherber and Carol Steffens. St. Michael resident Jim Shovelain is also running.

The deadline for candidacy was Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Rick August 21, 2012 at 04:30 AM
GC, good lord... "the board did not make the levy pass." So you're saying the community dreamed this up? The school boards mission is to provide an education with funding received. I sat in a meeting the night before the vote. They had a lobbyist (gee, who payed for him?) come and put up some flowery numbers on the white board. One of his points was for a district of our size, in comaprison with Hopkins, Edina and a few others, our funding from the state was second to last. Has this current board done ANYTHING to rectify the gap? I will keep my opinion that this levy passing, at the behest of Superintendant Behle AND the school board, was a disgrace over mismanagement by this school board. First and foremost, no gvmt entity should take one red cent in "temporary funding" from the state or federal gvmt. What happens when that funding ceases? You have threatened teacher cuts unless the levy passes. Same thing threatening bus pickups, old computers. This board and it's lobbyist knew EXACTLY what buttons to push to get this passed.
Rick August 21, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Mike, my first comment disappeared. Why?
Al Anderson August 21, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Let's see -- the board/district actively recruits volunteers (Democrats) who were not a proper cross section of the community and this doesn't violate state law? Pretty flimsy logic. The board hires Sandy Ziegler (ugh) as a consultant using 40k in taxpayer money as the bridge to help Behle and the board get this passed and that's not violating state law? Additionally, the "Investment in excellence" committee falsely states to the STMA taxpaying community that the committee represents a true cross section of the community? I never stated that the board PAID for the signs and organizing efforts - only that the process by which the committee members were invited was a mostly closed process (which both of you have now implicitly stated). A lot of people knew that the "Investment in Excellence" committee as an independent review committee was a farce -- not intended to objectively review whether additional funding was needed (note that reform wasn't part of the committees' agenda) but to organize and put out sufficient half- truth propaganda to convince enough STMA parents with kids that their kids would lose out if the referendum didn't pass. I'm sure this committee was put together to take pressure off the superintendent and the board to make it look like they weren't the driving force behind the community message (even though the school district did what it could to put out the usual half-truths in the mailings sent prior to the referendum election.).
Al Anderson August 21, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Each of the board members deserves to be harshly booted out for "the ends justifies the means" approach that they took to get that referendum passed. If the board had sought a true cross section of the community instead of asking for the right membership to get the referendum passed -- I wouldnt be complaining as I did then and am now. It did not -- and I consider the school boards’ actions to be highly unethical.
Rick August 21, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Excellent comment Al. Right on mark.


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