Editor's note: This story reflects a correction that Glen Allgaier is running uncontested for one seat on the board while Gary Jones and Linda Boucher are facing off for the other.
As he finishes up his second non-continuous term on the Elmbrook school board, incumbent Gary Jones hopes that this time he can win consecutive elections.
Jones will face off against challenger Linda Boucher on April 5 with a school board at-large seat on the line.
Meanwhile, Glen Allgaier is running unopposed for the board's Area II seat.
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What would be your main goals for Elmbrook if elected?
Allgaier: Maintain fiscal responsibility without requiring taxpayer referendum for operating costs; have all third-grade students "proficient" in math and reading; narrow achievement gap of low income students and students with disabilities; have Elmbrook recognized as "the best school district in the state of Wisconsin."
Jones: Maintain our position as a leading school district in both the state and nation; find ways to use our state-mandated limited revenue most effectively; help our teaching staff know how much we appreciate their unparalleled efforts to provide excellent education and reward them like the heroes they are, within our limited budget.
Boucher: Maintaining the recognition for one of the best education communities in the state through commitment, teamwork and tenacity. Ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed in a positive learning environment. This includes addressing issues related to class enrollment size, facilities, curriculum, hiring and maintaining the best teachers and administrators.
The topic of overcrowding at Swanson School has gotten a lot of attention of late. What are your thoughts on solutions for that issue?
Allgaier: We have adequate "capacity" to accommodate the projected elementary enrollment growth over the next six years. The recently approved addition to Swanson will add to that. I am confident the Swanson task force will develop recommendations that will realign attendance areas to balance the elementary populations across the district.
Jones: The recent action by the administration and board to enlarge the cafeteria at Swanson will go a long way toward using the entire school to its intended capacity. The recently formed Swanson Enrollment Analysis Committee will be studying the boundary changes that will be necessary to balance the enrollment at all of our schools.
Boucher: The overcrowding at Swanson is a topic of concern that needs to be examined at length by the school board. If the district continues to grow at the current rate, depending on current and projected demographics, re-zoning to establish boundaries for re-assignment to designated school of attendance may need to be re-established as one possible solution.
Name: Glen Allgaier
Address: 2455 Buckingham Place
Years in Community: 28
Occupation: Executive Director of Research, Eaton Corporation (retired)
Education: Ph. D. - Electrical Engineering - University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science - Engineering - Princeton University
Political History: Elmbrook School Board (2007 - present)
Community Involvement: Youth soccer coach
Brookfield Economic Development Committee
Brookfield-Elm Grove Interfaith Network (BEGIN)
Milwaukee Interfaith Conference
Family: Wife Cindy, 9 children, 46 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren
Name: Gary Jones
Address: 14640 Mesa Court
Years in Community: 46
Occupation: Retired manager of engineering operations at Milwaukee Public Television
Education: Associates Degree in Broadcast Engineering - Milwaukee Institute of Technology
Political History: Two 3-year, non-contiguous terms on the Elmbrook School Board
Community Involvement: Coached youth sports
Active in my church and scouting
Avid blood products donor
Elmbrook School Board
Family: Married to Joan with seven children and 14 grandchildren
Name: Linda Boucher
Address: 2340 Kevenauer Drive
Years in Community: 25
Occupation: Special Education Teacher (K-12)
Education: Completed post graduate courses in Administrative Leadership - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master of Science degree in Education - UW-Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science degree in Education - UW-Milwaukee
Dual Major: Special Education/Regular Education
Political History: I have no affiliation to any political parties
Community Involvement: Assist special needs children at Wirth Pool
Family: Spouse Peter Pagonis, aka "Chef Pierre"