Cambridge School Board
Two 3-year terms
Thomas Wright, incumbent
Cambridge, WI 53523
Cambridge, WI 53523
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? In my career I have held a variety of marketing and communications roles. I’ve learned that the best marketers are good listeners and effective communicators. My goal is to apply these skills to help facilitate meaningful conversations with the Cambridge School community and identify compelling opportunities that can be nurtured into successful initiatives. As consumers of public education, parents and students have a choice and a voice in shaping that conversation. It’s my hope to foster inclusiveness in our dialog that inspires creativity and helps elevate this conversation across our school community.
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? The Cambridge School District, with the superintendent’s leadership, consistently achieves high academic success and holds a prestigious rank among other state districts. Maintaining this level of excellence requires us to seek areas for continual improvement that takes into account each individual students’ strengths, passion and interests. Our school district is passionate about helping all students achieve their full potential and acquire the skills they need to succeed in whatever path they choose to take. The new Koshkonong Trails Charter School, scheduled to open this fall, is a great example of this philosophy at work.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? Great teachers make great schools possible. Cambridge has an outstanding group of teachers, administrators and dedicated staff that work tirelessly for our kids. Exposure to a diverse and highly qualified workforce helps promote creativity and drive opportunities to build stronger school communities. It is the responsibility of the school board to provide resources to help retain and attract the best talent that will challenge and inspire our students to explore their full potential.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? Now, more than ever, it’s critical that local communities stay active to safeguard the long-term health of their schools. Cambridge residents are well educated on state/federal dynamics at play and they have a strong track record in making critical investments needed to maintain a high level of quality education. Our district’s education investments should (1) maximize existing federal and state educational programs, (2) explore meaningful collaborative public partnerships and (3) invest in facilities that provide a safe, inspiring and nurturing environment for students and teachers.