1. The biography is whimsical but true.
2. The answer speaks for itself
3. I was focused on Washington because I thought it was critical for the
well-being of the most vulnerable children in Duluth. The east/west divisions in
Duluth pit neighbor against neighbor. I've tried to be fair to all of our community even
though I finally got elected to the 2nd District rather than at-large. I have worked hard
to keep our budget in balance and we have not had massive layoffs during my tenure on the
4.This is moot now as we have fixed up and reconfigured our buildings since 1989. Our ten
year maintenance plan has and is keeping our buildings in good condition.
5. The first half of this is still right on. The last half is in response to the 1989
issue of keeping our schools "neighborhood schools." Since then we've gone too
far in the opposite direction to have purely neighborhood schools. To go back would the
require the elimination of the magnet schools, Edison, Birchwood and goodness knows what
else. Still, it is tempting to have more uniformity because then people couldn't complain
about the differences between schools.