Campaigning for this spring’s Janesville School Board election should be easy.
Three incumbents are the only candidates competing for three seats.
Incumbents Carla Quirk, 1722 Morningside Drive, No. 7, Janesville; Steve Huth, 4865 Brown Deer Lane, Janesville; and Greg Ardrey, 25 Sauk Court, Janesville, submitted election paperwork by the Tuesday deadline, according to the Janesville School District.
Huth said he decided to run again for a variety of reasons. He was first elected in 2015 and serves as board clerk.
“I had lots of people in the community ask me to step up and run for a second term,” Huth said. “I’ve dedicated my life to education and want to continue to serve the community in a leadership capacity.”
He feels a commitment to supporting the new superintendent, Steve Pophal.
He put in about 250 hours into the superintendent search process and believes the board made the right choice. Now he wants to be a part of making the district’s goals, called the “five-year promises,” a reality.
- Having 90 percent of third-grade students reading at grade level before the end of their third-grade year.
- Making sure all students have a college or career plan.
- Significantly increasing the number of students taking dual-enrollment courses at institutions such as Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Rock County.
Ardrey was appointed in July 2008 and elected in 2009. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2015. He serves as the board treasurer.
Ardrey said he is running again because there are still changes he would like to see.
He wants to see more done to personalize students’ schooling.
“We’re much further along than we used to be,” Ardrey said.
“Personalizing” education means the schools try to find the best ways to reach students who learn in different ways or who work better in a nontraditional settings. Examples include the district’s four charter schools. Each one serves a different set of students.
Some work better in smaller settings. Others work better at their own paces.
Personalizing education can help improve all the standard markers, such as test scores and graduation rates, Ardrey said.
He said he’s excited about the new superintendent’s five-year promises.
Quirk was first elected in 2015.
She’s excited about the direction the district is taking and, like the other board members, said she wants to be involved with the superintendent’s new promises for the district.
“We have such a cohesive board,” Quirk said. “We’ve accomplished so many things.”
She said she would be grateful to voters for another chance to serve on the board.
“I really want to continue with the progress we’ve made,” Quirk said.