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Paid political letter: “...reading skills cannot be overestimated.”

Ideas and opinions in this letter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the stance of this paper. The author of this letter has paid for its placement. As one of thirteen candidates for the two-year term on the School Board, stakeholders deserve to know what issues I will champion. Both teachers and business leaders encouraged me to run.

First, I will assist Supt. Olson in establishing a positive relationship with all stakeholders. Macro; board decisions should be data driven. Micro; student decisions should be made by the classroom teacher, working with the student and family.

Based on research; the importance of reading skills cannot be overestimated.

Class size and teacher skills are generally viewed as the most important variables to student success. Yes, in simpler times schools would crowd 30+ children in a classroom. Sadly, those with lower academic skills were placed in the back of the room and “simply” ignored.

I will not be a rubber stamp for administration, nor will I be intimidated by narrow special interest groups.

Bemidji is poised for a limited time opportunity to create a spiral of success. Recruit and retain great employees. Result: More skilled graduates. Equals: A better labor pool for area employers.

And on a final note, Woody Allen said, “80% of success is showing up.” I have the time to serve and come to all meetings fully prepared.

C.T. Marhula
Bemidji, Minn.