Five running for four seats on Albany School Board
Five people are running for four seats on the Albany School Board. Incumbent Hilary Bauman will not seek re-election.
Address: W1210 Schaller Road, Albany.
Job: In-home day-care provider
Education: 1988 graduate of Madison La Follette High School, attended Madison Area Technical College for photography courses and switched studies to complete child care certification.
Community service: Girl Scout leader, and her family "adopted" a soldier overseas.
Elected posts: None
Major campaign issues: Whether in my child care, or on the school board, I believe that children are the future. I'm hoping I can benefit Albany schools by bridging the communication gap between the schools needs and the community's needs. I know that I can be a positive asset to the school board.
Fairy Elmer (I)
Address: N7173 McDermott Road, Albany.
Job: Owner of Risk Management Services
Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from Hanover College in 1987, MBA in international business from UW-Whitewater in 1997.
Community service: Cub Scout leader, administrative council chairperson–Albany UMC, Sunday school teacher, church choir, sports boosters, Green County Family Support Advisory Board and has held positions in the Union Coop Evansville, Hanover Alumni Association and member of board of directors for Wisconsin Agri-Service Association and Wisconsin Grain Dealers.
Elected posts: Four years as clerk of the Albany School Board and two years as president.
Major campaign issues: Educational excellence and fiscal responsibility: Balance striving to provide an excellent education with the efficiency of managing the financial resources of the district. Work with legislators to find a better way to fund schools and to decrease the financial impact of open enrollment upon the Albany community.
Fred Johnson (I)
Address: 604 S. Mechanic St., Albany.
Job: Rail terminal manager for Landmark Services Cooperative in Evansville
Education: 1994 graduate of Mineral Point High School; attended Madison Area Technical College for industrial maintenance.
Community service: None
Elected posts: One term on the Albany School Board
Major campaign issues: A few of the issues that I am concerned about are maintaining the great quality we have at the Albany school, improving the communication and partnership that the school district has with the community and ensuring that the school continues to make the best use of the taxpayer's money.
Address: N6609 English Settlement Road, Albany.
Job: IT Application Systems Manager, Sub-Zero.
Education: Bachelor's of science from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998
Community service: Volunteered for Fluid Power Society Project, providing educational sessions to elementary students.
Elected posts: None
Major campaign issues: My objective is to promote the establishment of an educational environment that gives the students the best opportunity to maximize their personal development. I believe that I will bring fresh ideas, experience-based decision making and an ability to represent our district at a whole new level.
Mike Marean (I)
Address: N7043 Attica Road, Albany.
Job: UW Administrative Program supervisor at UW-Madison
Education: Ag journalism/dairy science degree from UW-Madison in 1992
Community service: Coach of Green County 4-H dairy judging team, co-organizer of the Dane County Dairy Breakfast for the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee.
Elected posts: Appointed in 2009 to the Albany School Board
Major campaign issues: Fiscal responsibility: A strong understanding of the budget is vital to evaluate expenses, create efficiencies (and) ensure a quality education without continuously raising taxes.
District promotion: minimize the number of students open enrolling outside the district.
Community relations: work closely with the community so Albany remains a great place to live.