Every year, the citizens of New Haven elect three new school board members. This year, there are five candidates: Lauren Zobrist, Kyle Quick, Meg Parks, Mike Oetterer, and Diane White. The election date is set for April 4th.
Each candidate was interviewed and asked questions that came directly from the NHHS community. Ms. White’s responses are outlined below in order to give her a chance to speak to the community directly and to offer New Haven a better understanding of what she is all about.
Q: Why are you running for the New Haven School Board of Education?
A: To assist with keeping the Tradition of Excellence and be an active board member.
Q: Tell us about yourself: Where did you grow up? Do you have family? What community activities have you previously been involved in? What ties do you have to this school district?
A: I grew up here and attended New Haven High School. (1982 graduate.) I’ve continued to be active in the New Haven Grade School Volleyball Program for the past 12 years. I have served on the school board for the past 10 years. I reside with my husband Charles and two daughters Abigail and Hannah. Currently, Hannah is a Junior at New Haven High School.
A: [The school board members] assist with long range planning, school budget/finances, and review/implement policies.
Q: Why do you feel you’re a good candidate for the school board and do you have experience with this sort of position?
A: I have been a collaborating member for the past 10 years.
Q: What is the biggest strength of our school district?
A: Staff and students.
Q: What is your vision for the future of the New Haven School District?
A: To work with the school board members, superintendent, principals, teachers, community members, and students to see all visions, so we can build a strong long range plan for our district.