Jan. 3, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Tonnie Schmidt, 45, of the Town of West Bend is throwing her hat into the ring to run for the West Bend School Board.
“The number one reason I’m running is because we support West Bend,” said Schmidt. “Being an employer in town we owe it to our employees and the ones we’re trying to attract, to have a strong public school system.”
Schmidt and her husband Tim have lived in the community over 18 years. They own Delta Defense/USCCA which employs over 110 people. “That represents over 100 kids being educated in the West Bend Public Schools and that’s why I’m running,” said Schmidt. “Plus we’ve made such an investment in West Bend it’s important for us the public schools remain strong.”
Schmidt said her second goal is to help the superintendent define a good responsibility chart for administration. “I want to know what people actually do in the school district,” said Schmidt. “My big issue is to get a legitimate accountability chart because I think people work better when they know what their job description is and responsibilities are.”
The Schmidts have three children; the oldest attends an online private school and the other two, 16 and 13, go to the University School of Milwaukee.
“We had our children in the public schools and the private schools in West Bend for a number of years,” said Schmidt. “We just wanted our kids to be educated in a smaller environment and I think I can bring what USM is doing and what’s working to the public schools here. I’ve experienced a number of school formats first hand and I can bring that point of view and strategies to the table.”
A couple of bullet points on Schmidt:
Goal: “My goal for serving on the West Bend School Board is rooted in a simple desire to bring accountability back as a core value of our district.”
Common Core: “It was developed to help gauge teacher performance but unfortunately it’s had a negative effect. While I’m in favor of measuring teacher performance I’m not in favor of the way Common Core teaches math. Teachers want parents to help their kids with homework but with Common Core it hinders that teamwork.”
Setting aside money for future Jackson School: “It’s financially responsible to sock money away so you don’t have to ask for it later and it could still be spent on the students if the need came about. I don’t think there’s anything irresponsible in planning for the future.”
Walker recall: Did not sign the Scott Walker recall.
Candidate UPDATE: There are now five candidates running for three open seats on the West Bend School Board including incumbent Ryan Gieryn. Candidates that have filed paperwork include Joel Ongert, Nancy Justman, Tonnie Schmidt, and Dick Cammack If seven candidates file, there will be a primary Feb. 21, 2017.
The Spring election is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to fill three at-large seats on the West Bend School Board, each with an expiration date of April 2020.