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School Board candidate profile: Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

The past four years have been so enjoyable for District 833 School Board member Laurie Johnson, of Woodbury, that she is ready to continue.

“I really want to be that responsive representative because I think that’s missing in our lives,” she said.

Johnson, who is in her first four-year term, said she filed for a two-year term because her life has undergone some changes recently — specifically, her husband’s retirement.

“Two years is something that I can really dive into while still helping my husband figure out what he wants to be when he grows up in retirement,” she said.

Johnson said her previous experiences of running her own business and problem-solving has helped with her time on the School Board.

“You have to have courage and diplomacy and a certain amount of openness and be able to accept responsibility and solve the problems,” she said.

Besides continuity, Johnson said she also wants to continue to help foster the board’s commitment to the community.

One of the decisions Johnson helped make was to request a levy renewal, a levy increase and a land bond, which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Johnson said she supported the referendum questions because there hadn’t been an operating levy increase since 2003.

“We want people to feel like they can part with some extra money for the schools to continue on their mission,” she said.

Another change in District 833 has been the increased use of technology in the classroom.

“I don’t want to deprive people of the opportunity to do things with technology, but we still need to teach them math, to spell and they still need to know how to write.

“It’s our job to make sure there’s a well-rounded curriculum and make sure we’re not getting rid of textbooks in favor of iPads.”

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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