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School Board candidate profile: David Kemper

David Kemper

David Kemper may be an incumbent on the District 833 School Board, but he said that’s not the only experience that drives his re-election effort.

The Woodbury resident said in addition to serving on the board, he remains a volunteer, a community leader and a concerned parent.

“I just want to keep providing superior education for our families, their students and our communities,” Kemper said.

He said student learning leads the key issues driving his School Board campaign. For Kemper, that means providing different learning opportunities for students like the Advancement Via Individualized Distinction program, Project Lead the Way, and schools like Nuevas Fronteras and Valley Crossing Community School.

“I believe families want choices,” Kemper said. “I just want to continue the good work that our district has been providing and to keep our superior educational opportunities for every parent out there.”

Kemper said he is supportive of the district’s referendum effort and thinks the additional $6.9 million requested in Question 2 adequately addresses what’s necessary to exceed the district’s service-level matrix.

“I realized that that’s what we need to continue the type of education I think our community wants,” he said.

District growth along its eastern boundary is squeezing capacity at schools like Lake Middle School, Middleton Elementary and Grey Cloud Elementary, Kemper said.  That, combined with what the added enrollment all-day kindergarten will bring to schools, “is why we as a board put that on (the ballot),” he said.

Kemper also said he is “generally supportive” of the district’s iPad expansion in classrooms, but said general fund dollars should not be allocated to buy the devices.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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