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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:21

Beloit School Board candidates zero in on achievement gap

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BELOIT — Voters in the School District of Beloit will select four board members from a field of six when they go to the polls April 5, 2016.

The ballot features Shannon Scharmer, Pam Charles, Shelly Cronin, Laurie Endres, Kris Klobucar and Jennifer Long.

The candidates submitted profiles and a summary of their top issue in the campaign. (Jennifer Long has not yet returned her questionnaire)

Pam Charles

Age: 59

Address: 2227 Carnforth Place

Occupation: I am a registered nurse with previous experience in pediatric nursing and as a clinical instructor. I have two small businesses, one in property management and the other is in pursuit of self-publishing children’s books.

Education: Los Angeles Pierce College; nursing degree, 1984

Community service: Beloit Memorial High School student mentor; Court Appointed Special Advocate for Rock County; Meals on Wheels volunteer; Parents Advocating for Performing Arts in Our Schools (PAPAS) volunteer; Miss Beloit Volunteer; Beloit International Film Festival volunteer

Publicly elected positions: Elected to Beloit School Board in 2006. Served from 2006-’09

Major campaign issue: With new schools, outstanding administrators and dedicated teachers, we are in a position to address our most important issues — the achievement gap and school funding. I am informed on these issues. I have experience, I am committed and I look forward to finding solutions collaboratively.

Shelly Cronin

Age: 49

Address: 1719 Emerson St.

Occupation: Realtor with Shorewest Realtors

Education: Bachelor’s of Business Administration-accounting, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988; Certified public accountant since 1989

Community service: Board member Blue Line Club (high school hockey booster club); Past volunteer instructor-Junior Achievement; Volunteer at church, school and with Beloit Youth Hockey Association; Founding board member, Rock River Charter School, 1999; Board member, Rock County Christian School,  2005-2011

Publicly elected positions: none

Major campaign issue: To provide a quality education for all students, traditional and non-traditional, within the continuing budget constraints, and prepare them for their next step. To close the achievement gap. To attract and maintain a more diverse workforce.

Laurie Endres

Age: 51

Address: 1721 Morgan Terrace.

Occupation: Physical therapist/Director of Physical Medicine Beloit Health System

Education: Graduated University of Wisconsin-Madison, physical therapy 1987 

Community service: Cabinet chair member-United Way. Served on Impact Committee for United Way 2015. Helping Hands mentor program for Boys and Girls Club. Concussion management and education for various youth sports teams. Ex Officio member Beloit Parks, Recreation and Conservation Advisory Commission

Publicly elected positions: Appointed to Beloit School Board July 2015 – present.

Major Campaign Issue: The Achievement Gap. I believe our primary responsibility is to ensure that every child receives a quality education. We can solve this by addressing multiple other issues that I am concerned about. We must ensure a diverse district staff.  We must carefully look at our conduct code and employ restorative practices.  We must ensure excellence in curriculum. We must engage parents and the community. 

Kris Klobucar

Age: 49

Address: 2373 Lathers Rd.

Occupation: Teacher at Rock Prairie Montessori School

Education: B.S. in Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison 1988; Elementary certificate from the American Montessori Society 2009

Community service: Volleyball and track coach at Our Lady of Assumption school; Stateline Literacy council teaching citizenship; Congressional advocate for Scleroderma foundation; Parent representative for Beloit Memorial High School scheduling committee

Publicly elected positions: none

Major campaign issue: I want to see our schools, families and community working together so all Beloit children can realize their fullest potential. Our schools have many challenges home and community involvement can help achieve and maintain the change we need to help our children succeed in school and life.

Shannon Scharmer

Age: 44

Address: 1741 Indian Road.

Occupation: Safety manager at Fairbanks Morse Engine

Education: Master of science in Occupational Safety the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1998; Bachelor of science UW-Stevens Point, 1996; Multiple military schools including inspector general in 2006 and practical nursing at Moraine Park Technical College, 2003

Community service: 12 years of service on the Beloit Board of Education, currently serving as president, 24 years of U.S. Army service both active and Reserve, PAWS Humane Society Board of Directors and currently serving as president, City of Beloit Liquor Commission, School District (E)Quality Committee, School District Safety Committee, Beloit Public Library board, and taught Junior Achievement.

Publicly elected positions: Beloit Board of Education April 2004 to present

Major campaign issue: I firmly believe that we must strive to provide an educational system that embraces and celebrates the individuality of all our children and facilitates their ability to reach their full potential, while making fiscally responsible decisions that prioritize directing resources to the classroom.

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