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David Kemper: Parenting provides necessary experience

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David Kemper

Age: 40

Residence: Woodbury

Family: Married with two sons and one daughter

Occupation: : network technician

Why he's running: To be involved with his children, help with the district's continued growth and education excellence.

David Kemper is no stranger to District 833 schools. He currently has three children at three different schools -- East Ridge High School, Lake Middle School and Nuevas Fronteras/Crestview Elementary.

Kemper said he feels that his knowledge and interaction with three different schools, at three different levels, is a great asset to have in a school board member.

"I'm talking with parents every day at the elementary school level, the middle school level and the high school level -- I don't think many of the other school board members have that," he said.

If he's elected to the school board, Kemper said he would maintain an open line of communication between the district and parents, something he is used to doing often when he speaks with teachers and district officials about his children's classes and curriculum.

Kemper said he feels many of the electives and extracurricular courses the district offers -- foreign language, theater and music -- are a great asset to the learning and development of children.

"I think we need to keep them in order to make a well-rounded adult -- it's very worth it in the end," he said. "It should be incorporated into daily life with students."

Kemper said he wishes there could be more financial support for those programs so that class sizes aren't so large and there can be more one-on-one attention.

In addition to continuing to offer these electives in the schools, Kemper said he would like to see more emphasis on social studies and science, rather than strictly math and reading in terms of federal and state education standards.

This year will be a unique year for school board members with all of the upgrades to the schools.

Kemper said he feels that the district is doing a good job upgrading schools with the best resources and technology.

Kemper acknowledges that East Ridge High School is receiving considerable attention for being the newest building, but he believes that as the other schools continue to receive improvements the perceived inequities will soon dissipate.

"Since they are beginning to upgrade so much, the other schools are going to catch up to East Ridge eventually," he said.

Additionally, this year will also pose obstacles in terms of working within the budget, and Kemper said he will evaluate those issues carefully as they arise.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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