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Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Events, Stillwater ISD 834

UPDATE 11/1 | Stillwater School Board Candidate Q&A

UPDATE 11/1 | Stillwater School Board Candidate Q&A


St. Croix Valley Gifted’s Candidate Meet & Greet is SUNDAY 10/16

Use this page as your starting point for a wide range of candidate views and information before you choose three (3) names on your school board ballot. Update 11/1: Candidate Q&A below now includes the St. Croix Valley Gifted forum (10/16), Woodbury Bulletin, and Stillwater Gazette. 

You support St. Croix Valley students and strong schools by being an informed voter.  Information about Minnesota voter registration, polling locations, and early or absentee voting appears at the end of this page.

St. Croix Valley Gifted is your local chapter of Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented. Learn more about our local efforts and contact us with any questions.

Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Click on each name below to view candidate responses to the St. Croix Valley Gifted questionnaire. There you also will find candidate campaign websites, social media pages, and links to candidate Q&A from the Woodbury Bulletin.

Amy Burback Robert Craggs Chad Gamradt Mike Ptacek
Jerry Clark Tom DeGree Donald Hovland Sarah Stivland
Michelle Deziel Jennifer Pelletier


Other Resources: Candidate Views & District Fact Check

Local Coverage of Candidate Views

  • Stillwater Gazette 2016 Voter Guide, including candidate Q&A (10/28/16)
  • Woodbury Bulletin coverage of the St. Croix Valley Gifted forum (10/19/16); links to Woodbury Bulletin Q&A at each of the candidate pages in our Q&A section above
  • School board candidate interviews at the Pioneer Press (10/5/16) and Country Messenger (10/20/16)
  • Replay schedule on Valley Access Channel (Channel 15) of the Stillwater Gazette‘s school board candidate forum (originally held Monday 10/10) or watch online below:

Stillwater Schools Fact Check

At the October 13, 2016 School Board meeting, Stillwater Area Public Schools leadership provided a data fact check on financial and other matters connected to implementing the BOLD proposal that have arisen during candidate campaign and community forum conversations ahead of Election Day.

The school district published an FAQ that addresses the same six myths or perceptions presented at the school board meeting in the video below (presentation and discussion from 1:27:00- 1:50:00), or click here to open in your media player:

  1. The district spends too much on administration.
  2. The district could cut its consulting budget and save enough $ to keep all schools open.
  3. The timing of the contingency boundary process was politically motivated.
  4. The district really won’t have extra classrooms if schools stay open.
  5. After paying for Brookview, the district will only have $268K of anticipated savings from school closures to reinvest in other schools.
  6. District expenses should be decreasing if enrollment is decreasing.

Minnesota Voter Information

Election Day 2016 is Tuesday, November 8. Early voting continues in Minnesota through Monday, November 7.