Brandon School Board Voter Guide

Editor’s note: Earlier this month, The Citizen e-mailed questions to candidates in Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships. Candidates were limited to 30 word responses. Key: Incumbent (I), Republican (R), Democrat (D), No party affiliation (NPA)

Brandon School Board vote for four

Name, age:

Marianne Dwyer, 49

Number of years in the district and school board meetings attended in last year:

16 years in district, 1 meeting attended in last year.

Education:

BS Accounting – University of Michigan

Occupation:

Operations and Finance Director

Government-related experience:

Over 20 years administering federal funds in a non-profit setting

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

Funding and infrastructure

What is the best way to improve education in the district?

Strong attention to curriculum with parental engagement

Would you support a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) policy for the district?

Yes – an inclusive environment is critical to the success of all students

Voters turned down a capital improvements millage this year. Would you support returning to district voters with a different millage proposal?

I would support returning to voters if follow up information suggested the possibility of success.

What are your ideas for funding improvements?

In order to explore options for funding improvements, I need to attain a deeper understanding of the school funding structure.

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Name, age:

John Chartier, mid 60’s (I)

Number of years in the district and school board meetings attended in last year:

I grew up in Brandon. Moved away for a little while then came back. Serving on the Brandon School Board never missed a meeting. I have been in my home now for around 16 years.

Education:

Graduated from Brandon High, did some college.

Occupation:

Retired from GM, Presently working for Berkshire Hathaway Home. Services Michigan as a Realtor.

Government-related experience:

Serving on the Brandon School Board and I am delegate for the 8 district.

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

Wastewater treatment plant.

What is the best way to improve education in the district?

Well Dr. Outlaw and his team are working hard to improve test scores and I like to say our teachers are some of the best teachers in the state. Together I think they will take Brandon to the top.

Would you support a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) policy for the district?

No comment.

Voters turned down a capital improvements millage this year. Would you support returning to district voters with a different millage proposal?

This is still in the discussion stage.

What are your ideas for funding improvements?

No answer.

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Name, age:

Kevin McClellan (I)

Number of years in the district and school board meetings attended in last year:

18 and all but one meeting.

Education:

BS from Ferris State University, MBA in Global Management from University of Phoenix. MSAB Certified School Board Member.

Occupation:

Director of Automation for MPD Automation.

Government-related experience:

Brandon School Board since 2010.

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

Student loss.

What is the best way to improve education in the district?

Parental involvement, community support.

Would you support a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) policy for the district?

No.

Voters turned down a capital improvements millage this year. Would you support returning to district voters with a different millage proposal?

Only if I thought it could have support. The need is very real!!

What are your ideas for funding improvements?

The current board has set aside funds over the last three years under my leadership to fund 50% of theprojects. We are doing all we can with our funding.

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Name, age:

Lisa Kavalhuna (I)

Number of years in the district and school board meetings attended in last year:

N/A

Education:

N/A

Occupation:

N/A

Government-related experience:

N/A

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

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What is the best way to improve education in the district?

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Would you support a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) policy for the district?

N/A

Voters turned down a capital improvements millage this year. Would you support returning to district voters with a different millage proposal?

N/A

What are your ideas for funding improvements?

N/A