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It has been an honor to serve on the board for eight years, the last four as its president. I believe I bring experience and integrity to the position that can continue to advance the cause of student learning. I respectfully ask for the votes of my wardís citizens.
The quality of instruction to students is the largest single factor impacting learning, so our district is purposefully and expressly focused on the delivery of first-rate instruction by top-notch teachers.
We have great teachers who, like all successful professionals, strive for continual improvement -- from their students and themselves. Our principals are educational leaders in their buildings.
We continue to implement effective, high-tech learning tools in our classrooms. Our studentsí scores are showing steady progress and growth, data that reflects forward movement on our overriding mission of student learning.
Through thoughtful, collaborative fiscal planning, we have come through some tough years of significantly reduced state aid revenue without increasing the local property tax levy and without forced reduction of teaching staff or student programs.
We have actually slightly increased our reserve fund; we are in solid fiscal shape.
The district provides full public access to all financial records via the website, increasing transparency and accountability.
Through the combined efforts of the entire district under the leadership of interim superintendent Tami Eshleman, we have successfully transitioned to our new superintendent, Marty Bassett, a native of Ogallala, who is off to a great start.
Looking to the future, we will continue our focus on best instructional practices, top-notch personnel, and sound fiscal stewardship -- all in the service of our mission of student learning.
Specific areas I would emphasize are:
1) Increasing use of distance learning and online classes to affordably expand studentsí opportunities.
2) Increasing use of community partnerships toward the goal of student readiness for success upon graduation, and
3) Continuing to push the transition from expensive paper and consumable materials to less expensive and more effective electronic resources.
It would be an honor to serve another term, and I ask your readers for their support and votes.
Jim Paloucek is the President of the North Platte Board of Education and represents ward 3 -- southwest North Platte.
(Candidates are welcome to submit 350 words about their qualifications, to help us prepare for Election Day, Nov. 6.)