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Hundreds of local students may be impacted by voters' decisions in next week's Wisconsin spring primary election.

And if current enrollment trends in the Elmbrook School District are any indication, it could be even more.

The Elmbrook School Board's Area III seat will see its candidates reduced from three to two Tuesday, Feb. 21 when Brookfield residents Jian Sun, Leanne Wied and Jimmy Schulgit face off at the polls.

Area III of the district consists of Wisconsin Hills Middle School, Brookfield Central High School and Swanson Elementary, which has seen an influx of enrollment in recent years to the point that a $2.65 million cafeteria expansion and redistricting of some students has been necessary in the last year.

Here is a chance to get to know the trio of candidates vying to represent Area III of the Elmbrook School District.

Candidates:

Leanne Wied

Age: 54

Address: 1800 Dundee Road, Brookfield

Political history: n/a

Phone number: 262-784-3061

Twitter (If applicable): n/a but Facebook page: Leanne Wied for Elmbrook School Board

Email: wied4elmbrook@gmail.com

Why are you running for Elmbrook School Board?

I am grateful to the Elmbrook community for the education my own children received. I have a strong desire to serve and give back to the community that gave so much to my family. I will work tirelessly to make sure that future students have the same opportunities to excel.

If elected, what would be your main goals for the district in the future?

I want to continue the culture of excellence that has defined Elmbrook. When I look at all the diverse ways our graduates have given back to their communities, my goal is to provide a rich level of experiences for our students and to do so in a fiscally sustainable manner.

In recent years there has been an influx of enrollment in the Elmbrook School District that ended up requiring a multi-million dollar expansion at Swanson Elementary and redistricting a number of students to new schools. What are your thoughts on handling the increasing number of students in the district in the years to come?

Long-term enrollment balancing must be an ongoing priority for the district. The district enrollment balancing task force work should continue. It is essential to plan for the long term to address future capacity and rebalancing issues. We must make every effort to avoid major remodeling expenditures and unanticipated disruptions.

Jian Sun

Age: 54

Address: 2135 La Rochelle Court, Brookfield

Political history: nonpartisan

Phone number: 262-366-6300

Twitter (If applicable): @sun4elmbrook

Email: sun4elmbrook@gmail.com

Why are you running for Elmbrook School Board?

I want to contribute a fresh and global perspective to the school board and provide opportunities for students to excel in their chosen specialties. I also want to attract, develop and retain the best teachers and inspire schools to advance to best in state and achieve national recognition.

If elected, what would be your main goals for the district in the future?

My main goal will be to work collaboratively with fellow board members and the superintendent to inspire schools to educate students for success in an interconnected world. I want to introduce creative ways to challenge all students to discover and pursue their strengths while respecting finite district resources.

In recent years there has been an influx of enrollment in the Elmbrook School District that ended up requiring a multi-million dollar expansion at Swanson Elementary and redistricting a number of students to new schools. What are your thoughts on handling the increasing number of students in the district in the years to come?

I look forward to joining the board in reviewing trends and options and evaluating them short and long term. While I am an entrepreneur, I don’t invest in long-term properties until there is a predicted long-term return on investment.

Jimmy Schulgit

Age: 20

Address: 19135 Still Point Trail, Brookfield

Political history: Previous candidate for alderman

Phone number: 414-630-9139

Twitter (if applicable): N/A

Email:electjimmyschulgit@gmail.com

Why are you running for Elmbrook School Board?

I have lived in Brookfield my entire life and am so grateful for the opportunities this community has provided me.  I would like to do my part to help keep Elmbrook the best school district in the state.

If elected, what would be your main goals for the district in the future?

Ensuring local control is a priority of mine as well as listening to district residents. A good school board member must be a good listener. I also promise to advocate for students with special needs. Our community as a whole does better when everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

In recent years there has been an influx of enrollment in the Elmbrook School District that ended up requiring a multi-million dollar expansion at Swanson Elementary and redistricting a number of students to new schools. What are your thoughts on handling the increasing number of students in the district in the years to come?

We must take careful steps to avoid overcrowding in order to ensure that students have a productive and comfortable learning environment. The enrollment at each individual school should be examined to see if there might be additional space that can be used.

Polling places for the spring primary are as follows:

City of Brookfield: 

Wards 1 - 3: Immanuel Baptist Church, 4250 N. 137th St.

Wards 4 - 7: Burleigh Elementary School, 16185 Burleigh Place

Wards 8 - 10: Dixon Elementary School, 2400 Pilgrim Square Drive

Wards 11 - 13: Hillside Elementary School, 2250 Lynette Lane

Wards 14 - 17: Public Safety Building, 2100 N. Calhoun Road

Wards 18 - 21: Swanson Elementary School, 305 N. Calhoun Road

Wards 22 - 24: St. Luke Catholic School, 18000 W. Greenfield Ave.

Town of Brookfield:

Wards 1, 3 - 4, 9 - 10: Town Hall, 645 N. Janacek Road

Wards 2, 5 - 8: St. John's Lutheran Church, 20275 Davidson Road

Village of Elm Grove: 

All residents: Village Hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

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