Spring 2014 Election
Four people seek two seats on Beloit School Board
Joyce Mae Brown, Pamela Charles, Michael Ramsdail and Nora Gard are in the running for two seats on the Beloit School Board.
JOYCE MAE BROWN
Address: 2540 Bootmaker Drive, Beloit.
Job: Retired educator
Education: Graduated from South Beloit High School, South Beloit, Ill., 1970; bachelor's degree in English composition and literature from Beloit College, 1979; associate degree in public relations/modeling, 1977; master's degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, 2002.
Community service: Neighborhood Housing Services volunteer, 1979-82; Badger Council of Girl Scouts troop leader, 1980-1985; Badger Council of Girl Scouts Board of Directors, 1983-84.
Elected posts: Delegate for the National Education Association, 1984; Beloit School Board, 1980-83.
Major campaign issues: “My particular areas of interest as a potentially new board member are student achievement, fiscal accountability, school climate and diversity, the student code of conduct and community outreach. My strengths lie in the fact that I have been involved in all facets of education and as a retired educator I will be available on a frequent basis. I am married, and have two children and three grandchildren.”
Address: 2227 Carnforth Place, Beloit.
Job: Registered nurse, 1984-2005; writes children's books that will be self-published.
Education: Nursing degree from Los Angeles Pierce College, 1984.
Community service: Parent volunteer for Beloit schools, 2001-present; president of Beloit Memorial High School Choir Boosters; secretary of Beloit Memorial High School Band Boosters, 2010-13; volunteer for Beloit Memorial Jazz Band, 2006-present; Beloit Meals on Wheels volunteer, 2000-present; volunteer host parent for AFS Intercultural Programs, 2012-13.
Past community service includes Beloit Memorial High School PTO, Beloit School District ad hoc committees, Beloit Hospice, Beloit Traffic Review Committee, Beloit Public Library Steering Committee, Greater Beloit Area CrimeStoppers board member, mentor for Aldrich Middle School's Lunch and Learn program, Glacier's Edge Council Boy Scouts, Morgan School Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council, Morgan School Brownies, Beloit International Film Festival, Beloit Riverfest, Health Ministries for Haiti board member, Beloit Noon Kiwanis member.
Elected posts: Beloit School Board, 2006-09. On school board, served as board clerk, 2007-08; vice president, 2008-09; policy committee chair, 2007-08.
Major campaign issues: “The most important issue is that our students graduate with a skill set to make them successful. The board is accountable for the policies and funding that can make this happen. Careful consideration of policies and spending of our tax dollars along with opportunity for public input and community involvement is essential.”
MICHAEL RAMSDAIL (I)
Address: 203 Roosevelt Ave., Beloit.
Job: School service manager for Voigt Music Center and senior pastor at Lighthouse Fellowship Church.
Education: Beloit Memorial High School, 2002; degree in communications and religious studies from Beloit College, 2006.
Community service: Volunteer chaplain for the Beloit Police Department and Beloit Regional Hospice.
Elected posts: Beloit School Board, 2008-present. On school board, served as a member of the policy and finance committees and as president for two years.
Major campaign issues: “There are two things that are very important to me this election. The first issue is making sure that the building referendum for the district gets finished and that the district remains on budget with the projects that need to be completed.
The second issue that is extremely important is making sure we continue to do all we can to help our students in poverty achieve their goals. Currently, 78 percent of the students in the Beloit School District qualify for free and reduced lunch. The majority of the issues for these students are not about what happens in the classroom but rather their issues are having enough food in their stomachs and getting to their schools safely.”
NORA GARD (I)
Address: 2524 White Oaks Drive, Beloit.
Job: Facility manager for Rock County Job Center
Education: Beloit Memorial High School, 1969; bachelor's degree from Beloit College, 1999.
Community service: Has served on the board of directors for Angel Museum, Stateline Pregnancy, Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Beloit Historical Society. Served on the Downtown Beloit Promotions Committee and has been involved in many community and church activities.
Elected posts: Member of the Beloit School Board
Major campaign issues: “I am seeking re-election to help oversee the completion of referendum projects that began during my first term. Projects include completion of the Fran Fruzen Intermediate School and implementation of the district's three school system: pre-K through third grade, fourth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade.”