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District 833 School Board candidate: Douglas Hoffman

Name: Douglas Hoffman

Age: 37

City: Woodbury

Occupation: Commercial Security Account Executive

Family: Wife, Amanda; Isaac (6), Oliver (20 months)

Incumbent or challenger: Challenger

How do your skills or experience set you apart as a candidate?

As a veteran with 16 years in service, I have experience in leadership, team building, planning, and determining outcomes of decisions. Listening to experts and stakeholders is part of how I make decisions. I have a strong sense of duty and loyalty to my community. I understand and will underwrite honest mistakes, but I always strive for improvement and I expect the same from those with whom I work.

With young children, I am completely committed to this district's future. As a security professional, I have a mindset for solving problems in the most efficient manner.

What do you believe the school board can do to narrow academic achievement gaps?

1) Find proven solutions other districts in the state and nation have implemented to close the gaps and work to implement them in our district.

2) Partner with teachers and school administrators to determine local solutions.

3) Work with the city governments and Chamber of Commerce to attract business to the district so the tax base increases.

4) Continually evaluate and refine the solutions.

Is the budget and school funding the biggest challenge facing the district?

Yes. My evidence for that is how much focus the district is placing on the referendum and from the conversations I've had with residents. Other districts in the metro are either using savings or eliminating a few positions to make up the difference; our district does not have the savings to cover the shortfall nor do we wish to cut staffing. I do not think our district is unique in the metro; learning what other districts are doing to keep their budgets healthy and working to implement similar financial policies will be the most intelligent course of action.