Lindsay Wert: Focus on expanding Steamboat schools success
I am Lindsay Wert, and I would like to be your representative on the Steamboat School Board. With the belief that our schools are one of the primary factors of our quality of life in Steamboat Springs and greater Routt County, I would like to help perpetuate and expand recent success of the Steamboat School District.
I grew up in Denver, and quality of life is the primary reason we moved here in 2002. I do not think quality of life is something that is static, because the world around us is changing, and we must thoughtfully adjust and improve ourselves to benefit from those changes.
So it is with our community schools — we must thoughtfully adjust and improve to benefit and maintain the quality of life. My own son graduated from the high school several years ago, and many of my positions and much of my reason for running are based on reflections on ways to improve that experience.
When I consider present school board direction, I want to responsibly perpetuate that direction and expand innovation. I will focus on cost-effective quality education. Public schools are in place to educate our children in preparation for a productive lifetime in society at a reasonable cost to the community. Without this as the focus, there is no reason for schools to exist.
I am fiscally responsible, both personally and professionally, I have always been careful to consider financial consequences, risks and likely outcomes relating to positions and decisions and to live within personal or organizational means.
I fully understand the businesses and residents of Routt County will bear both the long- and short-term costs of school board actions. I don’t have all the answers, but I will advocate for innovative solutions at reasonable cost.
Steamboat Springs school performance is highly ranked in Colorado, and that is a testament to the skill, support and hard work of students, parents, faculty, administration and community. With that in mind, everyone should recognize Colorado is far from best in the nation, and the United States is far from the best in the world. So there is a lot of opportunity for improvement, and that improvement needs foresight and long-term commitment.
I think I can bring some different perspectives to education, since I am outside the traditional education profession. I have an extensive career history in the world of technology. I spent several years designing things that go to outer space and several more years leading teams of people with diverse expertise to develop devices that improve medical care. It is gratifying when you see the results of a team being used to benefit people.
I sometimes worked with good people, however, who lacked basic skills in reading, writing, math or science, or those who have difficulty thinking independently. I have also come across many with limited understanding of history and civics. I think these basic skills and knowledge need to be taught in a factual and unbiased manner and then reinforced over and over.
I also think we should consider ways of adding alternative expertise to the mix, such as business professionals who could add real-world perspectives for our students.
The voters in this community ultimately choose our direction, and I will respect and represent that direction. One ultimate function of the school board is to provide the school kids, their parents and voters with a buffer against contrary and external interests and unreasonable mandates.
I am passionate about the Steamboat Springs area and think I can help. I am Lindsay Wert and ask for your vote.
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