Tom Hustad (2nd District)
the last book you read? I'm in the process of reading right now Tom
Clancy's ``Red Rabbit.''
How big is the Duluth school district's 2003-04 budget? $121
Where did you go to high school? Duluth East High School.
What single education issue would be the most difficult for you to
compromise on? Everybody says issues that impact the classroom,
because that's what people want to hear, but I think ... increasing
class sizes beyond where they are.
What is more important to you -- maintaining high schools, middle
schools or elementary schools? Elementary schools.
What's the biggest education issue no one is talking about?
I've heard a lot about over-capacity, and I've heard different numbers.
We have 11,000 students. I've never heard it well identified. Where does
that overcapacity exist? I know that this board has adopted guidelines
for optimal size for optimal learning, and they don't really talk about
it. If they have guidelines, the decisions they make should be
predicated on those guidelines.
Would you vote to cut extra- and co-curricular activities to save
What is the favorite car you've ever owned? It was a 1982
Toyota Supra. It had a twin cam overhead V6. I was 38 or 39. I only
drove it in the summertime. I kept it for 12 years and then I sold it to
my sister for almost nothing.
What is the last school you visited? Lincoln Park School, to
visit with principal Ed Marsman and for orientation in the Men as
Peacekeepers mentorship program.
What is the No Child Left Behind law? I think the goal is to
not forget about any kid, regardless of their background. I think it's a
big, broad, fluffy idea, but it's to remember every child and that every
child needs individual attention.
How many high schools do you support -- one, two or three? I
would love to keep them all, but I see two as being the most optimum
thing. Geographically, the way we are, they would have to be East and
Do you think the teacher tenure system should be maintained,
reformed or eliminated? I don't want to comment on it.
What was your favorite subject in high school? I had a lot of
favorite subjects. I liked government, English. I liked chemistry. I
liked physics and German.
Do you believe enrollment will be declining, stabilizing or
increasing in five years? I certainly hope it's going to be
stabilizing. I don't know if you noticed, but there are about 70 more
kids in kindergarten this year.
Do you feel class sizes need to be reduced? If yes, how would
you pay for it? Yes, ideally, but can we do it, given all the
restraints? I think it's unlikely ... The only way it's really going to
happen is legislative action, I think.
What grade configuration do you support? I know the
administration is really stuck on the current grade configuration, but
in a perfect world, I would like to see K-6, 7-9, 10-12.
Would you vote to sell the Central Administration Building? If
we could get a good market value for it, and we had a plan for where
we're going to put central administration and had a plan and cost for
Would you be willing to cut busing for all students who live
within two miles of school? I would certainly be willing to address
the transportation issues so that they are consistent with state
What kind of relationship should the School Board have with the
City Council? I think they ought to have more than lip service. If I
were on the School Board, I would definitely want to work with one or
more City Council people to develop some sort of an effective working
What's the most outrageous thing someone has said to you when you
say you're running for School Board? Having just retired, they would
say, ``Why in the world do you want to do that now that you've just
completed 36 years of professional practice? Why don't you just move on
to your retirement and just have fun?''