Edgerton School Board appoints Kwiatkowski to fill vacancy

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Jim Dayton
Saturday, December 2, 2017

EDGERTON—The Edgerton School Board has a new face for at least the next four months.

Kelly Kwiatkowski was recently appointed to the board to fill a vacancy after Jon Raymond resigned.

Raymond, whose term expires in April, got a new job that will require him to move out of the school district, District Administrator Dennis Pauli wrote in an email to The Gazette.

Most of Kwiatkowski's life has been intertwined with public education. She attended school in Crivitz, and she later earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

She has spent most of the past two decades working in higher education, fulfilling a variety of communications and project management roles. She currently serves as the UW-Madison Dance Department's manager of communications and public relations.

Kwiatkowski believes an educated public is what makes a community thrive.

“I think the roles schools play is to prepare a generation of citizens to be able to contribute productively in the world,” she said. “I think that in order to be productive citizens, everybody needs an education.”

Kwiatkowski said she told the school board in her interview that she wishes she could go to college forever. She loves learning and credited her parents with instilling those values.

Her father served on the school board in Crivitz and told Kwiatkowski it was a rewarding experience. The Crivitz superintendent, who was her father's former history teacher, encouraged her dad to return to school at UW-Oshkosh.

“That story says a lot about what's important,” Kwiatkowski said. “There are people in schools that can inspire students to do more and become more.”

Her kids attend school in Edgerton, and she believes the district has improved communication between parents and teachers. But those skills can always get better, she said.

One of Kwiatkowski's goals as a school board member is to develop more mental health services for students. She cited a statistic from PBS that said one in five public school students in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder.

It's a growing concern that many school districts need to face, she said.

Kwiatkowski's appointment only lasts until April. But she has her eyes on re-election.

“I wouldn't have put my name forward if I wasn't going to go the distance,” she said. “I do plan on running.”

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