School finances an issue for each candidate

Three newcomers running for seat one

Jan. 28, 2009

Finding ways to control spending is a concern of the candidates running for at-large seat one on the Germantown School Board.

A primary election is needed to narrow the field; Jayson Stemo, Shad Young and Kim Fischer are running for seat one.

While all three agree that financial responsibility is important, their priorities differ some.

Stemo said he wants to bring a sense of fiscal control and responsibility to the board.

“I want to hold down our spending to what our taxes are right now in our district,” he said. “I don’t want to sound like I’m for cutting things, but if we can do things without raising taxes, that’s the route I think we need to pursue in these challenging economic times.”

Spending also was among a host of issues Young said he would like to examine if elected. Others included overcrowding at district elementary schools, teacher contract negotiations and Germantown’s relationship with Milwaukee Area Technical College.

“The other issue I’d like to look at as well is transportation costs, which was very high on my list of budget concerns back in November,” he said.

Rather than making more cuts to save money, Fischer said an academic and financial step for the district could be to host specialized learning camps and invite area schools.

“I would like to collaborate with community and parent groups to organize camps for 21st century kinds of interests like technology or graphic design,” she said. “Not only would the camps provide a stimulating experience for the students, but it could prepare them with skills they need for the work world and provide an opportunity for the district to make money.”

Board members are elected to three-year terms and are paid $3,500 annually.

The primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17. The two top vote-getters for the seat will advance to the spring election Tuesday, April 7.

 

Ty Finke can be reached at (262) 446-6621.

Kim Fischer

Address: N10738 Monroe Court

Age: 48

Employment: kindergarten through fifth-grade gifted and talented coordinator for the Mequon-Thiensville School District

Family: married, one child

Years in community: 16 years

NEXT STEP

WHAT: candidate forum, sponsored by United for a Better Germantown

WHO: seven candidates for Germantown School Board

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10

WHERE: Germantown Community Library, W16957 Mequon Road

Jayson Stemo

Address: W15867 Bayberry Circle

Age: 31

Employment: division manager at Metal Improvement Co., Milwaukee

Family: married, one child

Years in community: almost three years

Shad Young

Address: W16431 Concord Road

Age: 33

Employment: oncology nurse specialist at Aurora Advanced Health Care, Menomonee Falls

Family: married, three children

Years in community: on and off since 1998, continuously for five years

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