Sodemann to run for Janesville School Board, after all

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Frank Schultz
Friday, December 27, 2013

JANESVILLE—After weeks of saying he probably would not run again for Janesville School Board, Bill Sodemann had a last-minute change of heart.

Friday was the deadline for filing declarations of noncandidacy. As Sodemann prepared his paperwork and a press release announcing his decision, he was surprised to realize that his reasons to stay on the board outweighed his reasons to leave, he said.

Sodemann's main reason for leaving was that his business, Phones Plus, recently acquired a competitor, Select Telecom of Rockford, Ill. The transition has kept Sodemann very busy, but he said there's a good chance the workload will subside by April.

“I realized I wanted to see through a lot of things we're working on,” he said, especially the district's Journey to Excellence, which emphasizes judging employee performance by measurable results.

Administrators are evaluated with this system, but the district is coming to a key juncture, which apparently would include board votes to measure all employees—including teachers—on a performance-based point system.

“We're at a critical stage, and I want to be a part of that,” Sodemann said.”… I don't want to see this not get done.”

Also declaring their intentions to run for the three school board seats in the April 1 elections are Fred Jackson and Diane Eyers, who ran for school board last spring, incumbent Kevin Murray and former board member Dale Thompson.

Sodemann has served on the board since 2005, including three years as board president.

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