Goshen News, Goshen, IN


October 26, 2012

FAIRFIELD SCHOOL BOARD: Three compete for two District III seats

BENTON — Three candidates are competing for two open District III spots on the Fairfield Communty Schools’ Board of Trustees.

Candidate information follows:

Joel Conrad

Address: 68435 N. Main St., New Paris

Age: 43

Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Leadership

Related experience: Fairfield Music Boosters (President), American Heart Association Board Member (Elkhart South), Center for Healing and Hope Board of Directors (Secretary)

Occupation: Director of Business Solutions at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital

Why have you decided to run for election?

I have chosen to run for school board because I feel that my professional background and board experience will provide the needed experience and insight to set goals and visions for the Fairfield School Corporation.

What do you feel are some of the biggest issues or challenges currently facing the school board, or schools in general?

Some of the biggest issues include fiscal responsibility, implementation of a new superintendent, teacher evaluation instrument, and an increasing need for up-to-date technology for both students and staff.

How would you work to address those issues if elected?

We are very data-driven in my professional occupation. Problems are addressed through analyzing data then developing several possible solutions before implementing a process or change. This method has proven successful for many endeavors throughout my career. I feel this would work well with all situations that school boards face. Developing several options with input from all levels of the school system is the best way to provide buy-in and support.

Marilee J. Keim

Address: 67639 C.R. 31, Goshen

Age: 65

Education: Millersburg High School, Goshen College B.S. Education, Indiana Wesleyan University M.S. Education, Indiana University, Government and Economics Endorsements

Related Experience: Former Social Studies Teacher Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School, Department Chairperson, Former Adult Leader Elkhart County 4-H Saddle Club¸ Committee Member Fairfield Dollars for Scholars, Board of Trustees, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg, S.C.

Occupation: Retired

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