Wisconsin State Journal (copy)

Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Poynette School Board on April 4. The positions are for three-year terms. Incumbent (I) Ron Redell did not provide a photo.

Jamie Pauli

Age: 35

Address: N1545 Highway 22, Arlington

Family: Wife, Robyn; children, Riley, 12, Hayden, 5, and Croix, 2

Job: Plumbing foreman with Hooper Corp.

Political experience: None

Education: Five-year plumbing apprenticeship and additional education to achieve master plumber license

Ron Redell (I)

Age: 53

Address: W8849 Highway CS, Poynette

Family: Wife, Carol; four children

Job: Dane County Department of Human Services supervisor

Political experience: Two previous terms on School Board

Other public service: None

Education: UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course graduate; associate’s degree in business from Madison Business College

Email or website: None provided

Randy Tomlinson (I)

Age: 47

Address: N5031 Hemlock St., Poynette

Family: Wife, Wendy; sons Collin, 22, and Kyle, 19

Job: Manufacturing manager

Political experience: Two terms on school board

Other public service: None

Education: Two-year degree in auto collision technician

Email or website: None provided


What is the main challenge facing the district and how would you address it?

Pauli: I believe funding and aging facilities are issues in the Poynette School District. I would be able to utilize my 17 years of experience in the construction industry to help weigh the benefits and costs related to maintaining aging buildings versus replacing them.

Redell: As always, being able to retain high-quality staff due to reductions in state aid. In addition to retaining quality staff, aging infrastructure remains a concern. As our next state budget is being formulated at the state Capitol, the needs of our district must be communicated with our local legislators. I am hopeful that the Legislature will recognize our district’s high level of excellence by formulating a budget that meets our needs.

Tomlinson: I feel budget shortfall is the main challenge of the district. Being able to retain staff and giving students the best learning environment. Working with the administrator in a collaborative manner giving him the best policies to retain staff and giving staff policies that allow them to instruct to their needs. Working at the committee levels to find creative ways to make repairs internal and continue to stay on top of end-of-life repairs.

In what ways can the district improve, and how would you do that?

Pauli: Inclusion of the entire community is something the Poynette School District can improve upon. I would like to see greater feedback and input not only from parents but all members of the community. This could be accomplished with school board members attending parents club meetings and holding listening sessions in the community.

Redell: Maintaining an open dialogue and continued transparency with community support is a priority.

Tomlinson: I believe extra co-curricular activities are the best ways to improve schools. Giving students a chance to join in and take pride in their school and accomplishments. Continue looking into finding new inspiration from the community for clubs or sports.

Please rate the superintendent’s performance and list any additional performance criteria you’d like to see.

Pauli: I feel our district administrator has done well. He knows how to utilize the tools and resources available to him to benefit the district as a whole. I support and would like to continue to see dual credit classes and encouragement given to students to take on the added challenge of advanced placement classes.

Redell: I feel that our school board has an excellent relationship with our current administration. Our administrator, Matt Shappell, is fully engaged with our students, faculty and support staff. His business acumen is outstanding and his vision for continued success for our district is admired by other districts in the state.

Tomlinson: I believe that the superintendent is doing a great job taking the Poynette School District to its 2020 goal.