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Letter to the Editor | Elect Ric Leitheiser to Kewaskum School Board | By Ric Leitheiser

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February 26, 2021 – Kewaskum, WI – This past fall, I was fortunate to be selected among a group of qualified candidates to fill an open seat on the Kewaskum School Board.  I have been interested in running since we returned to the community last year and the open seat was a great opportunity.   That seat is now up for reelection and I have announced my candidacy.

As an introduction, while just having moved here, I am not a brand new resident of the District as my wife Amy and I grew up here and are graduates of Kewaskum High School.

While living in West Bend for the past few decades, I have been actively involved in organizations impacting families and the community including Kewaskum Youth Scholarship, the Kettle Moraine YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and have served on a number of boards within Froedtert and St. Joseph’s hospital.

I am retired from M&I / BMO Harris Bank having served locally as President of M&I First National Bank earlier in my career.

My interest in running for the school board is an extension of my long- standing interest in serving the community.

 

I think it is all of our responsibility to find ways to share our talents with the aim of making our community a place we are all proud to live.

 

I have no agenda other than to work to make the Kewaskum School District a destination district – one that students and families, teaching professionals, and staff and administrators, of the highest caliber, want to be a part.

We have a lot to be proud of with the quality of our schools and our staff.  We look to be providing a quality education at a reasonable cost and need to continue to find ways to be resourceful and innovative to close gaps, leverage opportunities and continue to build on that foundation of success.

 

In my short time on the board, I have seen some opportunities to grow as a district.  Particularly in the area of communication and transparency.

 

We need to be more proactive in listening, seeking input and in providing information for the community to measure our progress.  With good communication as a foundation, we can all solve problems together and move our district forward.

As a board member, I commit to be an active listener and a practical decision maker.  I built my career and reputation as a banker and a leader on trust and integrity, and will promise to bring the same to this role.

Ric Leitheiser

Kewaskum WI

 

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