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Why Community College is Not the Worst Thing That Can Happen to You

Repeat after me: education is education. 

Back in 2016, when I was a high school senior, everything was chaos: application season, senioritis, the inevitable truth that some friendships were going to stay in high school, etc. 1,287 more words

Decision 2018: Meet the Four Candidates for School Board

Two seats on the West Bend School Board will be up for grabs in an at-large election on April 3.

Joining incumbent Monte Schmiege on the ballot are three challengers, Chris Zwygart, Kurt Rebholz and Mary Weigand. 1,356 more words

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Decision 2018: Board Candidates on Why They Chose to Run

Why are you running for school board?

Monte Schmiege

Well, I have three years of experience in the district. I think it is important to have some experience on the board rather than new members every single year because it does take some time to get acclimated to the business of the school board and what it’s all like, what the responsibilities are, what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t be doing.

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Decision 2018: Board Candidates on Spending Money

What are your budgeting priorities for the school district?

Monte Schmiege

Seventy-five percent of the money goes towards staffing so that is a big component of that and then you’ve got a component which would be for construction materials and all of that.

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Decision 2018: Board Candidates on District Curriculum

What is the board’s role when it comes to curriculum changes?

Monte Schmiege

That’s an interesting question because I have a different opinion on that. Some people will say that we need to leave that to the experts and I don’t necessarily believe that.

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I Virtually Did

At the end of each day, before I eventually sleep, I like to reflect over what I achieved that day.  Yesterday, I made an observation about my achievements: 395 more words


“Things are not getting worse. They are getting uncovered.”

Dear President Trump,

Reading some of your tweets (btw: it will never be ok with me that you are ruling/governing via Twitter) over the weekend blasting the Mueller investigation, McCabe, and Comey I realized I forgot an important angle in the takedown of a democracy. 415 more words

Democracy Under Siege