Why are you running for a seat on the West Lafayette Community School Board?

In 2000 my wife, Debra and I were moving back to the area. Both of us are Purdue Alumni and Debra grew up in West Lafayette. Debra, her Brothers and her Father are all alumni of West Lafayette High School. When we were looking at homes she advised “We can live anywhere you want as long it’s in West Lafayette Schools.” In 2000 we moved into our home in University Farm and both of our Children are recent alumni of West Lafayette High School. I can say without hesitation this is the best decision we’ve made in our lives. Our Daughter, Meredith is a MICU Nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital Indianapolis and our Son Matthew is Senior Neurobiology major at Purdue, with hopes of going on to Medical School. The point of sharing this background is to convey our deep appreciation for what this public school, its teachers and administrators have done for our Family.  

In 2005 I was invited to serve on “The Blue Ribbon Task Force”. This group of local Business People, School Administrators, Purdue Faculty, and retiree’s gathered during that summer to analyze the finances of our School Corporation. From this forum we developed concepts that resulted in the formation of our own West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation and our General Fund Referendum which is now in its second term.  

In 2006 and 2007 I served on the first edition of the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation. The Foundation played in integral role in raising the funds necessary to save 11 of our own teachers before the 1st Referendum was secured. The Foundation went on to raise the funds necessary to support our campaign for 2 General Fund Referendums as well as a number of projects and improvements inside our schools. 

In 2007 I was invited to join the School Board as newly appointed member.  I am now running again in 2020. Together we have accomplished much:  2 General Fund Referendums, A new 4-6 Grade School, A renovated and updated K-3 School, a new state of the art Natatorium and Cafeteria at our High School. We also have a tremendous staff, great teachers, and awesome students.  

I am running because I believe in giving back. I would like to help finish what we have started. We have the new Jim Guy Science wing to complete.  We have the Performing Arts Center we need to construct. We will most definitely require another General Fund Referendum. I believe my experience would benefit our Schools. I can confirm it takes about one term to learn how Public Schools operate. Then the rules continue to change and you have to adapt.  In conclusion it’s about our kids. Every decision we make has to be in the best interest of our students.