Marshall School Board
Three 3-year terms
One 1-year term
Paul Wehking, incumbent
Cecil Chadwick, incumbent
Marshall, WI 53559
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have effectively led teams in for-profit and non-profit environments for over 28 years while improving service delivery, profitability, accountability and culture. I am very active in Marshall serving with the Marshall Lions Club, serving on the School Board and coaching various youth sports programs. I am interested in making Marshall Schools the best they can be for our students, staff and community.
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? Overall, Marshall Schools currently exceed suggested state levels for closing the achievement gap with well-established support systems to meet the needs of all students. These include early intervention programs, school psychologist/social workers, special needs professionals and alternative learning programs. In addition, our district balances resources between raising achievement levels for those in need, while keeping achievement levels high for high achievers. This is not always easy to do. This is one of many areas where private schools do not have to comply with the same federal laws that public schools do, yet public (taxpayer) money still flows to private schools.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? I am not aware of additional steps needed but we do need to continue to be mindful of the diversity in our student population and work to have similar diversity in our staff. The highest priority however is to find the best people possible to be on our team.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? 1. Hire, retain and compensaate the best staff and administrators we can. Salaries, benefits, etc.
2. Invest in the best curriculum and education delivery tools that we can including secondary education prep and career guidance.
also an emphasis on STEM areas and keeping pace with technology for effective education delivery.
3. Maintain our school facilities so they are in great shape for years to come.
Marshall, WI 53559
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have lived in the Marshall school district for 14 years and currently have 4 children attending Marshall Public Schools. Professionally, I am a CPA that has previously worked for the Legislative Audit Bureau for 15 years which provided me opportunities to audit grants as well as gain an understanding of how school finances work. Additionally, I am a business owner that has successfully ran a small business for 14 years. I am active as a volunteer in local youth sports, currently I am coaching 2 basketball teams and I had served as the President of the local soccer club.
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? To adequately address disparities, we need to determine the root cause through observation and communication with the student and their family. After the cause has been determined, staff can brainstorm in small groups or use the guidance of an experienced staff member to provide a plan of action to help the students that are falling behind. Teamwork and collaboration can create opportunities for student achievement.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? While many smaller rural school districts face challenges, I believe that Marshall does a great job in recruiting and retaining staff. By having a mix of seasoned educators as well as those that are new to the district we can provide a workplace that is comprised of those who can mentor new employees as well as having those that can offer new suggestions. Additionally, continue to provide feedback to staff through performance reviews and also ask for staff to complete surveys to determine their satisfaction.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? Staff, technology, and buildings
Staff: Making employment in our district a positive place to work will lead to benefits in the classroom. If the staff is professionally satisfied then I believe that will reflect in student’s willingness to learn. quality
Technology: Technology is rapidly changing and we use it every day. We need to ensure that we use all tools available for ensuring staff are teaching and students are learning using all potential resources.
Building: A district needs well maintained, accessible, yet secure buildings to provide quality education for its students.
Marshall, WI 53559
Marshall, WI 53559
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? After serving 40 years, I retired from the United States Postal Service. Almost ten of those years were in the position of Marshall Postmaster.
President of our local nursery school when our son and daughter were young
Financial secretary of our church for many years
Past secretary of the Marshall Area Historical Society
Invaluable experience as a school board member for almost three years
Born and raised in Marshall, graduated from Marshall High as did my brother, two sisters, son and daughter
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? There is no place in our school system for disparity. Each and every student should be treated the same and have the same opportunities. Some students may need additional assistance (which our school provides). The teachers will be the first to recognize a student's needs. If necessary, the administration will become involved. The students on the other end of the spectrum may very well need additional challenges--which is also available a our schools.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? Our district needs to appreciate each and every employee as well as the volunteers. Each person is an important component of our
children's education. We need to be competitive to attract and retain quality employees, but we also need to stay within our budget.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? Providing students with appropriate learning tools including teachers as well as all employees
Maintaining the buildings and grounds