Lake Forest School Board Election Guide

Editor’s Note: May 12, 2015 is election day for many school districts across the state. Lake Forest School District has three seats up for election, but only two races. Below is a guide to help voters before they go to the polls next week. Board Member Jaime Rau is seeking re-election but he is unopposed, but he did participate in our Q&A style guide. Not all candidates participated.

 

Lake Forest School Board At Large One-Year Term Seat

 Elizabeth Brode

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Elizabeth Brode

Age: 35

Hometown/Where do you live: Harrington, DE for 15 years

Tell us about your family: my husband Derrick and I have been married for 12 years. He is a full time EMT/Firefighter and a volunteer firefighter. We have two beautiful girls; Halie, 11, and Mary Christine, 6.

Occupation: I am a Project Manager and Practice Manager in Healthcare. Previously, I served 10 years in the United States Army and Delaware National Guard.

Education: I attended Villanova University with concentration in Project Management. I am a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute as well as a Certified Medical Office Manager with the Practice Management Institute.

What motivated you to run for the Lake Forest School Board?

My motivation for running for the LFSB is to be able to have influence on my children’s education along with all the other children we serve in our district. This begins with choosing good leadership to interact with and guide our schools in a forward direction.

What skills, background and knowledge will you bring to the table?

As a Project Manager, I am responsible to make all small parts work together to accomplish a common goal. The key to this is selecting the right people in the right positions and holding them accountable to the standard that are set forth and encourage them to surpass those goals as well.

What would you like to accomplish if elected as a new school board member?

Improve Communication and parent involvement. These are the most vital parts to make any school system work. My goal is for transparency with our leadership as well as creating an environment where parents feel that they are supported by the board they have elected to lead the district. Parents voices should be heard.

What is your vision for education in our community?

My vision for the Lake Forest School District is to create an environment where parents work together with the Board of Education and school leadership to give our children the best we have. This is first accomplished in selecting the right leadership and encouraging parents to let their voices be heard.
What are the current challenges facing the Lake Forest District and/or the school board? Educational gaps or weakness?
First, the biggest challenges facing the district is our current openings for principals and a superintendent. It is crucial that we hire the right leaders to work with our children and who invest in our community. Second, we have several educational gaps. I do not believe in standardize testing and we need a more effective way to evaluate what is happening in our classrooms in order to help our children.

How would you describe an effective board member?

An effective board member is one who communicates effectively to the community. I also expect that a airs member be supportive of parents and teachers. This person should stand up for our parents and children to offer the very best we can give them. I could touch on fiscal responsibility, transportation and others but an effective board member that communicates with parents and teachers will do the right thing. It is a position of service and should be treated as such.

Lake Forest High School did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the state. How should the district handle under-performing schools?

It starts with leadership. We need leaders in our schools that are invested in our children and our community. I also disagree that testing tells us how well our school is performing. If a test tells us that information then why do we waste our teachers time in grading? Teacher need the freedom to teach and children need to freedom to learn.

What are your thoughts on the AYP and the possibility of Delaware’s Department of Education developing a new accountability system?

I would love a system that did not use the standardize test to make these determinations. A system where we evaluate how our teacher interact with our students and who well that is received and implemented by them. We cannot continue to take away critical thinking for our children. Education is the cornerstone to our future and teaching merely how to take a test is not the answer.

How will you advance the district’s vision “to be the best little school district in Delaware – perhaps the whole country?”

Again, back to communications. If a community and its leaders communicate on a regular basis we can work together for the best solutions for our kids. It’s not just scores. More importantly, it is about parents knowing their child receives the best education possible.

The district has seven main values it lists as important. Which of the seven is most important to you and why?

Parents and community are an important part of a successful school. If the school and parents are not on the same page it will never work. Parents need to let their voices be heard and the district needs to listen. Education is a joint effort.

 

Earle Dempsey

Earle Dempsey

Earle Dempsey

Age: 42

Hometown: Harrington

Where do you live: Felton

Tell us about your family: 4 children in Lake Forest – Cassie (12), Cole (11), Case-(9), Coen-(8)

Occupation: Customer Engagement Manager – Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI)Adjunct Faculty – Delaware State University
Adjunct Faculty – Wilmington University
Education: B.A., Business Administration – Salisbury University
M.B.A. – Delaware State University
What motivated you to run for the Lake Forest School Board?

My four children are my biggest motivating factors in my decision to run, as well as their friends and classmates, the teachers, the parents, and community of Lake Forest. I am very driven by being involved in the community – in making an impact and affecting positive change and growth in the environment around me. As an educator and life-long student, I have a special interest in the future of our students.
My sister and I grew up in Harrington, and I made a conscious decision 10 years ago to move back to Delaware to raise my children in the community where I had such a great experience. I wish to provide current, as well as future students, the same great opportunities and advantages my Lake Forest education and experience have provided me.

What skills, background and knowledge will you bring to the table?

One of the greatest advantages I have as a future Lake Forest School Board member is that I am a Spartan, tried and true. Having graduated in the class of 1990, I was well prepared for Salisbury State University and for the many leadership roles I have undertaken in my career. I know the great history of Lake Forest and understand the community pride that has existed for decades. I attribute my life success to the amazing foundation given to me by my parents, community, and LFSD.
At DTI I manage the Department’s relationship with the Department of Education, the 19 School Districts, and all the Charter Schools in Delaware. Additionally, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in business and IT at DSU and Wilmington University. I enjoy interacting with my students as I help prepare and encourage them for their future lives in the business world. I am also a very active leader within the Delaware Volunteer Fire Service, am involved in supporting the Felton Little League as a Board Member and Coach, and serve as an advisor for several non-profits in the State.

What would you like to accomplish if elected as a new school board member?

Ultimately, if elected as a school board member, it would mean that I have been chosen to represent the citizens of this community as one integral part of a larger team. My success as a board member is inextricably tied to the success of the board itself, as well as the District, and we will be judged based on what we accomplish as whole. It is essential that I remember my role as a parent and keep in mind that if a policy or decision is not in the best interest of my child, then it may very well not be in the best interest of any child.
The primary constituents are the students and it is my job to make sure that their voices and needs are heard. Since those voices most often come through their parents, it will be critical for me to be available for and open to parents as an ear to listen and a party willing to act.

What is your vision for education in our community?

Simply put – providing college or career readiness. In size, LF is one of the smaller districts in Delaware, but in spirit, it is one of the largest! Getting a good education does not simply mean providing our children with the skills and abilities to be “competitive” on an application to Harvard. It means preparing our children to be productive, responsible members of society and their own community. It means encouraging them to ask questions and employ critical thinking. It means providing teachers with all available resources and technology to help foster our young adults into becoming a society of people with the desire and the means to make sure that learning never ends. It means providing students with the most state of the art educational tools and resources to help them pursue their goals.
For some, Lake Forest is the very beginning of a formal education and it is important that every graduating high school student understands that he or she has the resources within the state to continue their education at the college level, if they so desire. For others, Lake Forest is the primary start of skill development that allows them to move into a trade or profession where they can immediately be productive and impactful, and it is important that they leave our school prepared to do so. There is no blanketed right answer for all students, so it is important that we, in Lake Forest, recognize the need for the education and preparation we provide to meet those individual needs.

What are the current challenges facing the Lake Forest District and/or the school board? Educational gaps or weakness?

Lake Forest is on the verge of a monumental transitional period and the District’s navigation through this time will impact the community – teachers, staff, families and students – for years to come. Roughly half of the key, senior administrative positions have vacated their positions within the District: some anticipated and some unanticipated. Seven key leadership positions will turn over in the next three months – three school Principals, Business Manager, Buildings & Grounds Supervisor, Personnel Director, as well as the Superintendent.
Such sweeping change imposed on any organization has the potential to increase feelings of worry, uncertainty and doubt. It is certainly conceivable that such an abrupt change could threaten the core organizational values, focus and commitment that this district has prided itself on for many decades.
Today the school administrators need to be instructional leaders, providing best practices on both academic and extra-curricular activities and understanding which resources work best for different age groups. The administrators in place should be in tune with the latest research on how to get to know the needs of their school and manage it well, applying for all grants/resources available while incorporating community involvement. Once again, it is our responsibility to make graduating high school students ready for college or careers, whichever they chose.

How would you describe an effective board member?

An effective school board member understands that the board functions as a team. Ultimately, the school board works together to determine policy based on the vision and goals for the future of the district while operating within state and federal guidelines. The Board must then put in place the “best of the best” administrators to carry out those policies and allow them to do their jobs with as much Board support as required. Those administrators that are not performing at peak standards should be placed on an improvement plan and/or replaced. There must be superior administrators and teachers for the District to be successful.
It is important to manage the expectations and define the role of School Board members, which is more a regulatory and policy-developing one. It is the responsibility of the citizens within the community to vote in a team of individuals who are committed to that task as well as maintaining a safe, respectful environment in which to air concerns and discuss topics of interest. The school board members must be open-minded and willing to listen to all viewpoints, maintain patience and professionalism as well as support collective decisions.
Most importantly, effective board members put the needs of the District’s children first.

Lake Forest High School did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the state. How should the district handle under-performing schools?

My understanding is that the only AYP category in which LFHS did not meet was graduation rate. It was missed by 1%, which was explained to me as being unable to track the whereabouts of a few students who had moved out of state. Thus, the High School could not receive credit for them.
When schools are underperforming the District should provide professional development and support for the administrators and staff. Lake Forest is currently following that practice. The District’s staff development calendar for the school year is posted on the District’s website under Departments > Curriculum > Staff Development Schedule.
Another approach to handle under-performing schools is to provide extra support during the day and after school for students who need that additional support. Lake Forest has been employing this practice for several years. As a result, schools across the district are showing improvement in assessment ratings, students taking more AP courses, honor courses, and dual enrollment courses.

What are your thoughts on the AYP and the possibility of Delaware’s Department of Education developing a new accountability system?

It is essential that DOE has a system in place to assure that all students are in conducive environments that provide multiple opportunities for student learning. It is just as important that the system is equitable and measures student growth. With SBAC now being the state assessment, it is critical to assure that growth can be measured accurately.

How will you advance the district’s vision “to be the best little school district in Delaware – perhaps the whole country?”

Ray Charles said, “We have to realize that it is to the advantage of all of us . . . to be of the best quality, in our thoughts, in our minds, in our hearts, in our actions and in what we produce. If we’re really going to be a power, we have to remain on a competitive level with everybody.” To be the best we must compete – with area schools as well as national schools, but more importantly, with ourselves. We must constantly be striving for better.
This means doing quite a bit of self-evaluation and getting parents, students, teachers, businesses, community leaders involved in the process. It also means providing administrators and teachers with competitive salaries and resources so that the students have the best possible experience. This means assuring that each student is supported on every level so that there are no barriers to getting the best education possible. This means offering opportunities for our students to benefit from extra-curricular activities and new innovative educational practice: science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). The educational experience at Lake Forest should be the most sought-after program within the state.

The district has seven main values it lists as important. Which of the seven is most important to you and why?

The most important of Lake Forest’s core values is “Parents and community are an important part of a successful school.” It is not one person who assures a quality education to each student. It begins at home with the parents’ love, encouragement, and support. From there, every single individual that comes in contact with that child has an affect: the bus driver delivering the child safely to school, their peers and teachers who are instrumental in learning, the cafeteria staff providing nutritious meals, the custodians keeping them safe, their coaches teaching good sportsmanship and camaraderie, the business leaders who support Little League teams or help with school fundraisers . . . the list goes on and on.
We depend upon each other to shed light on those students in need, either socially or educationally. We depend on the school board to create and enforce policies which benefit the students and provide the school with the best teachers and administrators to carry out those policies. We depend on the parents to advocate for their children and for themselves when issues arise. We depend on community leaders and resources to contribute to the school district to add to the experience and education of our students. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Similarly, it takes the work of the entire community to educate a child to the very best of the school’s ability. I want to do my part for the Lake Forest School District.

Lake Forest School Board At Large Three-Year Term Seat

Austin Auen

Austin Auen

Austin C. Auen
Age: 18

Residence: Felton

Family: Two hardworking parents and a sister that attends school in LFSD

Occupation: Bookkeeper for small preschool in Woodside, DE

Education: POLYTECH class of 2015

Goldey-Beacom College fall of 2015 (Accounting)

What motivated you to run? 

I got motivated to run after hearing and seeing so many unfortunate things in Lake Forest that I know can be fixed! I saw a Board that isn’t open to parents and I saw a school that I wouldn’t be happy with my family attending and I know that there are parents, teachers and students who care enough to want to change it!

What skills, background and knowledge will you bring to the table?

I have been in the accounting field for a few years now and know how to read and handle budgets and believe that I bring a business approach to the board!

 

What would you be able to accomplish? (Actual question posed was What would you like to accomplish if elected as a new school board member?)

I will take small but important steps in making sure that the board is open to every parent and teacher that wants to voice their opinion. I also will be able to help re-arrange the budget to help get the district off of the federal funds that come with so many strings and lead our students our own way!

I also would like to focus on fixing the visual appeal of our schools like a new roof for North Elementary and new paint jobs.

 

What is your vision for education in our community?

my vision is that as I leave out public school system, I can help leave behind a system that allows kids to be kids and learn the way they need instead of what the state wants.

The current challenges facing LFSD is that there is a lack of openness from the board, which means a lot of angry parents and we don’t need that, what we need is a board ready to lead WITH the parents and teachers. We also have an identity crisis, saying we enthusiastically welcome outside students, and then deny a homeschooled student from participating in band.

An effective board member to me is one that interacts with parents and teachers on a daily basis, one that stays late and comes early and goes the extra mile.

 

Lake Forest High School did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the state. How should the district handle under-performing schools?

Well first things first, I disagree with the testing they use to handle this sort of thing. But if there was one given way to handle struggling schools would be the same way we would help a struggling student. Using leadership and attention to bring that school back up to par.

 

What are your thoughts on the AYP and the possibility of Delaware’s Department of Education developing a new accountability system?

I believe the current accountability system is a terrible way to assess teachers. The DoE attempt at AYP have not sounded promising and like most states, this won’t go well.

 

How will you advance the district’s vision “to be the best little school district in Delaware – perhaps the whole country?

Going back to openness, I believe we need parents and teachers to help us move our district to first. I believe we have the best students, we need to let them shine and as a current student in HS myself, I know that our voices aren’t always heard and that’s what I want to do.

 

The district has seven main values it lists as important. Which of the seven is most important to you and why?

parents and community without a doubt. My old man has a great saying that “character, like good soup is made at home” and I believe this 100 percent I believe that parents and neighbors help us grow so, so much and the board can only help that, if we get a new fresh face on that board!

 

Andrea M. Miller
Incumbent

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Andrea M. Miller

Hometown/Where do you live: I have resided in Harrington for over 25 years.

Tell us about your family: My husband Ron and I have been married for 25 years and are the parents of an awesome daughter named Riana who is a freshman attending Lake Forest High School.

Occupation: Program / Project Manager & Global Business Consultant

Education: Graduated Woodbridge HS, Philadelphia Art Institute of Technology- AAS degree, Wilmington University –Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Development

What motivated you to run for the Lake Forest School Board?

I am by no means a radically charged individual nor am I a politician but simply a citizen with a vested interest in the success of our youth. My involvement in the school district has evolved over the past several years. I was formerly the Assistant Vice President of the Lake Forest South PTAG. In addition, I have supported in many capacities at the WT Chipman Middle School. I assisted with coaching the Boys and Girls Track team for a couple of seasons and it was such a rewarding and memorable experience. Through my willingness to support and serve the community, administration, faculty and most importantly the students of Lake Forest I have been given the gift of incredible and lasting relationships. While I am the mother of one child, I mentor many in the community and at my church. I have a true dedicated interest in assisting the students throughout our community with achieving their dreams and reaching their potentials. There’s nothing they can’t do without the support of a strong and sound education.

What skills, background and knowledge will you bring to the table?

My professional experiences involve leading teams in developing curriculum, educating leaders and associates as well as supporting business transitions and company acquisitions. Now the President of my own consulting business, I consult with fortune 500 companies around the globe. As a consultant it’s critical that I listen actively operate with ethics, consider all variables and provide the best possible solutions for my clients. My professional and educational background along with the willingness to serve our students, educators and community will allow me to keep the best educational interests of our students in the forefront.

What would you like to accomplish if elected as a new school board member?

There has been much attention given to recent school renovations, remodels etc. Lake Forest will continue to invest in the up keep and maintenance of properties and buildings. It’s the students and staff which make the schools not vice versa. Lake Forest has incredibly talented students and staff members. Schools exist because education is an important necessity and commodity in life. I would like to continue the partnership with administrators, educators and community members leaving no stone unturned when it comes to seeking and providing the best educational resources, life skills and opportunities for students.

What is your vision for education in our community?

The vision is simple; exploring and providing the best learning methodologies and educational resources for Lake Forest students is key. The following question speaks specifically to the educational area of concern for me.

What are the current challenges facing the Lake Forest District and/or the school board? Educational gaps or weakness?

Certainly our greatest desire is to help students of Lake Forest reach their life’s goal(s). EVERY child is born with great potential. It is our role as parents/guardians, educators and community members to help them achieve those potentials. Sound education is crucial and many students choose options to further their education by attending college. However, there are students hoping to enter into blue collared types of employment. Manufacturing, production and certainly agriculture are excellent sources of employment. Delaware’s rich history originates from agriculturalist and hands on trades. Today’s “technical – trade” schools require stringent testing and application processes which make it difficult for students who desire further education in trade to attend. Lake Forest provides excellent college preparatory curriculums, however skilled trade learning is limited. Our challenge is bridging the gap.

How would you describe an effective board member?

An effective board member is one who exhibits professionalism, ethics, consideration for others and the situations that face the district. They must listen intently, accept criticisms and be able keep the best interest of the students in the forefront. Understand that there are many issues parents face when considering what’s best for their child’s education. Politics certainly has its place but most parents are not thinking politics when they are faced with life changing situations involving their family and child. They need support!

Lake Forest High School did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the state. How should the district handle under-performing schools?

Lake Forest High School missed the graduation goals by a small margin (approx. one percent). Student relocations and at risk students promoted to the HS contributed to missing the goal and not receiving the credit. Professional development, support for our administrators and staff is critical. Lake Forest as a district (specifically the transitions from Middle to HS) should and will be researched to determine the best approach for minimizing the number of at risk students who may not be prepared for promotion. Currently we are providing additional during and after school support for students who need it. Assessment ratings are reflecting improvement. In addition honors courses and dual enrollment courses are showing increased student participation.

What are your thoughts on the AYP and the possibility of Delaware’s Department of Education developing a new accountability system?

The partnership with DOE to ensure that our students are given ample opportunities to learn and systems that align with an environment conducive to learning is critical. DOE systems and scales of measurements establishing student growth must be attainable, equitable measurable and accurate. There are opportunities for improvement and a revisit of current systems is a viable next step.

How will you advance the district’s vision “to be the best little school district in Delaware – perhaps the whole country?”

I would advance the districts vision by first remembering and respecting the hard work and commitment of the community of which I am a member. Our students share their thoughts, concerns and visions for what they like to see in the school district. While they’d certainly like to see cosmetic changes to their schools, there are many whose visions are much more in depth. They really take pride in being a Spartan and they care tremendously about the education they receive. It’s the cornerstone to their future. I have attended several ceremonies this week alone where Lake Forest Alumni Associations gave back and invested in students continuing their education. I have an overwhelming sense of pride for those students and community members supporting them. The legacy has been established and we are the “best little school district in Delaware”. Supporting and encouraging students who in turn give back as community members themselves will advance and make LF the best little district in the whole country.

The district has seven main values it lists as important. Which of the seven is most important to you and why?

Each of the core values are very important and combined, provide the substance for helping our youths achieve their life’s goals. However acknowledging and firmly believing that “Every child is born with great potential” is the corner stone and first step to helping students realize those potentials. Their realization of what they can achieve along with the support of family, educators and their community will give them the confidence to become who and what they desire to be.

 

Lake Forest School Board At Large Five-Year Term Seat

James (Jamie) L. Rau
Incumbent

James (Jamie) L. Rau

James (Jamie) L. Rau

Age: 39

Hometown/Where do you live: Felton has been my home for all 39 years of my life.

Tell us about your family: I am the proud father of three beautiful girls who all attend Lake Forest schools – Madison (North Elementary), Emilee and Jenna (both Central Elementary). Felton has also been the home of my parents for over 40 years and I have a brother and two sisters who were all Lake Forest students.

Occupation: For the past 15 years, I have been employed by Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A. as the firm’s legal administrator.

Education: I am a proud member of the Lake Forest Class of 1993. I am also a 1997 Wesley College honors graduate with a degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Psychology.

What motivated you to run for the Lake Forest School Board?

There were a number of motivating factors for me including my pride and love of the district, my desire to continue to serve and give back to my community and the opportunity to have an even greater involvement in the education of my children.
What skills, background and knowledge will you bring to the table?

My professional background as a legal administrator brings a blend of management qualities in areas such as business management, human resources, technology and client relations that I have learned over the past 15 years as a legal administrator.
An important aspect I bring to the table are my ties to the community as a life-long resident of the district, 20-year member of the Felton Community Fire Company, numerous years as a volunteer youth soccer coach and numerous years of volunteer work in Lake Forest schools including as an officer with Lake Forest North’s Parent Teacher Organization where I am currently the Vice President. In addition to the gratifying feeling of giving back to my community, I have had the fortunate pleasure of meeting and getting to know numerous Lake Forest families.
In addition to my training and field time as a firefighter and nationally registered EMT-B, during my 20 years of volunteer service with the Felton Community Fire Company I have held various leadership positions including Vice President, Ambulance Captain, Ambulance Lieutenant, Assistant Secretary, and currently as a Director on the Board of Directors. These positions have afforded me the opportunity to develop leadership skills, the ability to excel in stressful situations and an important understanding of the commitment necessary when accepting a demanding volunteer position of such high importance.

What would you like to accomplish if elected as a new school board member?

I have no specific agenda or certain item I would like to accomplish and after having served on the board for a year, I have learned that accomplishments come from an effective, cohesive board working together for the better of the district – not by any one single board member.

What is your vision for education in our community?

My vision of education in our community is one that allows each and every child to have the same opportunity to learn and succeed, one that recognizes that not all children learn at the same pace and in the same manner and one that acknowledges that progress needs to be measured in some fashion, but not to the degree that the emphasis is placed on testing when it should be on learning.

What are the current challenges facing the Lake Forest District and/or the school board?

Many of the current challenges facing our district are similar to those of our neighboring districts. Some of these challenges include funding, making sure that not only our students are engaged, but also finding ways to increase the engagement of our parents, guardians and other community members because of the vital role they play in the education process, the rising cost of student transportation coupled with the reduced level of school bus contractors, finding ways to make sure our students have access to technology and other valuable learning resources and ultimately finding ways to decrease our dropout rate and increase our graduation rate.

Educational gaps or weakness?

The demographics of our district are made up of students and families from numerous races and ethnic backgrounds as well as varying levels of economic backgrounds including almost 50 percent of our students coming from low income families. Because of this, it is even more important that our schools provide a positive, healthy learning environment where our students are made to feel equally comfortable to increase their chances to succeed.

How would you describe an effective board member?

I believe an effective board member is one that is able to recognize that an effective board requires each of the members to work together in a cohesive, collaborative manner with the understanding that the board members may not always agree or see eye-to-eye on the issues at hand. An effective board member is also one that doesn’t try to perform management functions that are the responsibility of the district’s administration, isn’t afraid to ask questions and continues to learn.

Lake Forest High School did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the state. How should the district handle under-performing schools?

I think the first thing you have to do is to try to identify why the school failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards including any contributing factors and then develop a strategy going forward to ensure that our students meet the standard. I think it is important to note that an alarming number of Delaware high schools (16 by my count) did not meet AYP standards, along with a number of middle and elementary schools.

What are your thoughts on the AYP and the possibility of Delaware’s Department of Education developing a new accountability system?

As I mentioned, an alarmingly high number of Delaware high schools did not meet AYP standards. This has to lead one to wonder if the AYP system is an accurate, effective indicator. For the State to tie accountability to student performance, there has to be an accurate way to measure performance, however, the thought of developing yet another testing system is troubling.

How will you advance the district’s vision “to be the best little school district in Delaware – perhaps the whole country?”

I will do my best to advance the district’s vision by trying to be the most effective board member I can be. I have nothing but the utmost love for and pride in this district and want nothing but the best for it and all those it impacts.

The district has seven main values it lists as important. Which of the seven is most important to you and why?

All of those values are mutually important and are intertwined to some degree, but one that stands out to me as being extremely important is “All staff must be focused on providing the best education possible.” The success of our students is impacted by just about every one of our values, but to me none is more important in student success than having focused teachers and staff providing the best education possible on a daily basis. Our students will have an extremely difficult time succeeding if our teachers and staff are not focused each and every day they set foot into our classrooms.

Editor’s Note: Candidate Rau is running unopposed for his seat but still chose to participate in the election guide.

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