Update - doing too much, too fast and I put John Dunn in Jack Whelan's place. My sincere apologies.
Here is my endorsement for the School Board Position 2.
In Position 2, the candidates are Sherry Carr, Kate Martin, Jack Whelan and Mark Weber. I am endorsing Kate Martin with a few qualifications.
I feel that Kate knows the district and knows district issues. Kate is tenacious and would work hard (a quality that seems to resonate with many voters). Kate's husband is Hispanic and she knows that community and its issues. It would be a good "add" to the Board. I feel that Kate would be willing to push other directors towards more accountability to parents and community.
My qualifications are that I believe that Sherry Carr and Jack Whelan qualified as well.
I supported Sherry in the last election (and even doorbelled with her). She is a bright, capable person. In my talk with her, she had many good ideas about the focus going forward. She is determined that initiatives are seen through to the end (and not just started). She believes she, as an individual Board member, would be more prescriptive than before (and example being that at least a few of the Board members are going to be looking over the hiring of the COO and CFO, no exceptions).
All of this is good and yet, I worry that she is too much in the middle and swayed by outside interests. If I felt there was a balance between parents/community and outside interests, I could support her but I'm not sure I feel that is true.
I don't endorse Sherry because I still worry that despite all that has gone before, she still won't hold staff's feet to the fire. That's just my gut feeling after watching her at both Committee and Board meetings.
Jack Whelan is a quiet, thoughtful type (which is what I thought we were getting in Harium 4 years ago). I wish he knew our district better so that his learning curve might not be as great but I believe his work experience would be a value to the Board.