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Shaw is the experienced, fresh voice the district needs


Letter: Shaw is the experienced, fresh voice the district needs
Sep 27, 2019

To the editor:

I add my name to the long list of fellow Edina residents who are enthusiastically supporting Janie Shaw’s candidacy for the Edina School Board.
Here’s why so many people are supporting Janie:

• Experience – For the past 14 years, Janie’s sons have attended Edina Public Schools. Her oldest is now at the high school. Janie knows firsthand the many issues facing our schools. As a weekly elementary school volunteer for 10 years, she has seen first-hand the challenges teachers face and meet in delivering curriculum to students. As a math and science resource paraprofessional for three years at Highlands, she provided daily support to classroom teachers.

• Leadership (where Janie really stands out) – You can see from the long list on her website ( that Janie has taken on a leadership role at every school her children have attended. She’s been a PTO president multiple times, has served on district committees, and has been on the Parent Leadership Council for seven years, meeting monthly with district leaders. She knows the issues facing our district and has seen the challenges and impacts at each school level.
Over the past 10 years, I have been in school-related meetings with Janie more than 100 times, and have seen firsthand that she could always be counted on to be a strong advocate, to ask tough, incisive questions, and to be a collaborative problem solver – all traits we need in a school board member. Janie knows that continuous improvement for our schools demands finding solutions that benefit all students and support for teachers to do their best work every day.

We all know the realities: There are very few easy school board decisions as the demand for resources far exceeds the supply. There are no simple solutions for many of the challenges facing our schools. The fact that the current school board still hasn’t agreed on a new strategic plan after spending over a year working on one shows just how hard this work is. Janie has clearly demonstrated that she is the experienced, fresh voice that our school board needs.

Tom Ruppert

Prepared and paid for by Janie Shaw for Edina - 3948 49 1/2 St. #24654, Edina, MN 55424

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