Q&A With School Board Candidate Alex Kochanowski
Questions by Stevens Point League of Women Voters
What background qualifies you for this position?
I am an optimistic, yet realistic parent who graduated from and whose children are in our district. I am a lifelong learner who wants the best for our children and our community. I was a building and grounds supervisor of a 50,000 sq. ft. building being responsible for the maintenance budget. I am familiar with health issues such as obesity and dangers like bullying that our children face through my education in law enforcement and the medical field. I have successfully worked with diverse/multi-cultural populations and persons with physical disabilities.
What strengths and interests do you bring to the board?
I am both a listener and learner who cares deeply about the school district, its employees and the opportunities that it provides to each and every one of our children. I am capable of both following and leading as the situation dictates and feel that the patience I practice with my kids and in my daily work will be put to good use in public service as a school board member.
Good stewardship, respectfulness, and efficiency are my strengths that come from being a disciplined, self-motivated, problem solver, who is a dependable, creative, empathetic, team player who has the ability to adapt and thrive in adversity with a professional attitude. Having a work ethic of striving for excellence in all that I do, I am an individual who sees a gap and fills it; I anticipate the needs of others and work well under pressure. I am interested in shaping our community in a positive way and want to help transition the school board into a productive group.
As a board member, how would you foster a more positive public opinion of the board?
Our school board should be rooted in respect for one another reflecting the awesome responsibility entrusted to us by the district and our community. Personally, I would promote more public interaction; I want the public involved because they are the ones who let us know if the system in place is working correctly. I have the courage, determination, and ability to stand up and advance the public’s desire for excellence in public education. I will help to elevate the rhetoric surrounding the tough economic and education realities facing the district.
What is your knowledge and understanding of the current public school funding situation in Wisconsin?
From what I understand, public school funding comes from State General aid and property taxes with a revenue limit based upon enrollment. I believe public schools are not yet failing financially in our area, but the possibility exists if we neglect keeping an eye on the legislation coming out of Madison.