Lind brings variety of perspectives

To the editor:

I am writing to support Terry Lind for the Lakeville School Board. Lind is an outstanding candidate and should be elected. I feel that the voting public should know of Lind’s qualifications. Lind has dedicated his life to the Lakeville School District; he has worked as a classroom teacher, an elementary principal and just about every other job in between.

Lind started his career as a classroom teacher in Lakeville and finished his career as the principal of Lakeview Elementary. The only break in his service was the time he served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. Lind’s experience and expertise in education will be a tremendous asset.

As an administrator, Lind fully understands school finance, and as a homeowner he understands the local tax burden. Lind will see that we get the most educational value for our tax dollars. I like the fact that there will be no learning curve for Lind when he is elected. His experience proves that he intimately knows the Lakeville School District and the job expectations of school board members.

Now that Lind has retired, he continues to be a stakeholder in the Lakeville schools. Today his grandchildren attend Lakeville schools just as his children did. This means that Lind is uniquely qualified to become a member of the Lakeville School Board. He brings a career of teaching, administrative, and parenting experience to the table.

I highly respect Lind as a professional, as a colleague, and as a friend. I have known Lind for over 40 years and I was one of his first students here in Lakeville. It was because of Lind and his teaching that I too became a Lakeville teacher. Now after teaching for 34 years myself I know that Lind will make an excellent school board member.

When you vote in November, vote with confidence, vote for Lind for School Board.

RICK RINGEISEN
Lakeville

  • Love the Water

    I know that Mr. Lind has served the school district well but he is also highly indebted to the well being of his former teachers and thus the cause for concern. We need individuals on the school board that can bring a fresh perspective to making the Lakeville School District the best in the state. We have many problems though in getting to this level of achievement. We have families who are still frustrated with previous moves by the school district that have put the school district’s financials in scrambles – we spent millions to build Lakeville South and millions more to fund it when cheaper alternatives to modifying Lakeville North were available. We spent money on astroturf at Lakeville North because we would otherwise lose the money. We were told this move would bring other schools to Lakeville to rent out the fields. Still to this day I am unaware of anybody renting the field. We gave Amaroso a golden parachute. We’ve spent a million dollars leasing IPADS, with a benefit that can be debated fairly by both sides. What they have not disclosed is the cost of maintaining these ipads – IT personnel, book downloads, the extra electricity, the side effects of too much screen time by young children. Because of these actions and the fact that our city is getting older and the enrollment numbers will continue to drop our residents feel “robbed” by the school district and will continue to vote “no” on referendums until we fined a way to convince the entire community that excellent schools are good for the community as a whole and even if you do not have children in the school district you should still vote yes. We have pockets of low income who will say they cannot afford an increase in their property taxes but cry foul when there are 44 students in their third graders class. Our school board needs to do a better job at educating the residents and being honest about the costs otherwise no matter who is elected to the school board this fall they will be unsuccessful.

    • Bob Nicols

      “Love the Waters” identified concerns regarding past actions of our current school board. These concerns need to be directed to those members who were responsible for such decision making. Terry Lind does bring a fresh perspective grounded in experience and skill in understanding more than one viewpoint. If “Love the Waters” is concerned about narrow mindedness, make time to attend the October 2nd forum for school board candidates. Let’s all be well informed members of the Lakeville community. See you at City Hall at 7 pm.

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