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Brodhead School Board plans legislative forum

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GINA R. HEINE
March 19, 2011
— School officials in Brodhead are planning a legislative forum later this month to discuss school finance with area legislators.

Board members "recognized the need in this climate to become more politically active," District Administrator Chuck Deery said. "They came up with this as a way to initiate some conversations in an informal session to get to know local representatives."


This should help officials to put names with faces for future conversations, he said.


"That was how the ball got rolling," he said.


Legislators that represent the Brodhead area were invited, and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton; Rep. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville; and Rep. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater, have committed to attending. Organizers hope an aide from Gov. Scott Walker's office also will attend.


The Brodhead School Board will host the Wednesday, March 30, forum, which is open to the public. Brodhead has invited school board members from area districts to attend and submit questions.


Each lawmaker will be asked to share their previews of hot topics to be considered in coming legislative sessions and to respond to a series of prepared questions. The forum also will include questions from the audience.


The forum is not intended to be a debate, but an opportunity for open discussion on common concerns over the future of education in our state, officials said.


Last year, the school board created a legislative committee to make sure its educational interests were being recognized.


IF YOU GO

The Brodhead School Board will host a legislative forum for members of the public and area school boards to get to know their legislative representatives.


The event is open to the public, and school board members from Brodhead, Monroe, Juda, Albany, Monticello, New Glarus and Parkview have been invited. The forum will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Brodhead High School auditeria, 2501 W. 5th Ave.


For more information, call Brodhead School District Administrator Chuck Deery at (608) 897-2141 or board President Teresa Earleywine at (608) 897-2038.



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