Manitowoc letters share views on school board race, immigration, jails and constitutional amendments

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Vote Stacey Soeldner for varsity board

Consideration mother and father of scholars within the Manitowoc Public College District: Do you notice that as the college board election nears April 2 your college students are pawns in an influence wrestle?

There may be one candidate, Stacey Soeldner, who has labored to carry up studying scores, who together with the brand new superintendent has sought to determine a system to entry monitoring of progress of scholars and regulate the instruction that was lacking, discovering a brand new, related and viable curriculum to treatment these abysmal studying scores.

The opposite two candidates had been both present or previous MPSD board members who sat by and watched the scores fall to shameful ranges.

Once you go to the polls, there may be solely ONE candidate to vote for for those who want to see continued enchancment within the schooling your college students are getting, slightly than simply voting for the status-quo, “good outdated boy community” of candidates who’re principally “retreads,” having served in a number of public workplaces.

Vote Stacey Soeldner April 2 — one vote is sufficient!

Sulynn Moore


Selecting a college board candidate means aligning with a nationwide social gathering

Though you gained’t see Democratic or Republican marketing campaign logos on literature or garden indicators within the lead as much as the Manitowoc Public College District elections, relaxation assured that “non-partisan” college board candidates are linked to the respective Republican and Democratic events.

Not too long ago, Manitowoc Public College Superintendent James Feil (not an elected official, nor candidate) appeared alongside board member Stacey Soeldner at a gathering of the native GOP. Earlier in February, different college board candidates met with the Manitowoc Democratic Celebration. The previous Home Speaker Tip O’Neil as soon as mentioned “All politics are native,” however I’m guessing he by no means envisioned simply how political native elections may very well be.

Working non-partisan candidates permits college boards to keep away from ideological “disaster factors,” however that’s changing into very tough as of late. As such, voters want to acknowledge that selecting a candidate means aligning themselves with a nationwide social gathering in addition to its leaders and beliefs.

For the Democrats, it’s standing with President Biden and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (each up for re-election) and Democratic points: defending Social Safety and Medicare advantages, girls’s reproductive rights, decreasing prescription drug costs, and taxing giant companies. For the Republicans, it’s standing with Donald Trump, the continued tradition wars, election denial, anti-abortion with no exceptions, book-banning and unregulated gun rights.

Our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, had been leaders in making a public college system. They believed that the soundness of our democracy was depending on an informed populace. That a lot has not modified.

James Mullins


Ready for response from Rep. Grothman on immigration

I wrote to U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman March 9 in response to his e-newsletter. As of March18, no reply acquired.

Expensive Rep. Grothman:

In your March 9 e-newsletter, you chastise President Biden for situations on the border, with out mentioning that Republicans within the Home, on the request of Donald Trump, walked away from a bi-partisan invoice that contained most of what your social gathering mentioned they need. You should personal this now. Your social gathering is content material to dwell with all of the negatives you cite about border situations, together with crimes dedicated by drug cartels and the various different criminals you insist are flooding into the nation. You’ll be able to remedy this downside simply — carry the invoice to a vote — it’s going to go. In case you fail to do this, you’re failing to do your job — offering for the betterment of your constituents. Politics will be onerous when you may have somebody like Trump publicly trashing you for those who don’t do his bidding, however we didn’t ship you to Washington to do politics — we despatched you there to do what’s finest for the nation.

Please inform me what you personally will do to carry the immigration invoice ahead for a vote. I don’t want a response just like the final one from you outlining the problems on the border — I’m conscious of this, so that you don’t must repeat it. What I would like is so that you can inform me what you’ll do and when you’ll do it.


Marcia Lemberger


Vote Trask and Shaw for varsity board

MPSD employees not too long ago took a survey relating to their job satisfaction and assist from administration. Lecturers and employees gave scores from very happy to very dissatisfied after which classes got percentages to indicate the outcomes of the survey and the way they examine to different districts.

Our employees was fairly dissatisfied to start with of the yr and scores have drastically dropped even additional to a dismal 1%, that means 99% of all different districts had increased scores than us. This tells you that the employees of MPSD do NOT really feel supported by the administration or the neighborhood.

We’ve misplaced extra lecturers within the final two years than the state common. These numbers proceed to fall due to lecturers being disrespected by Superintendent James Feil, Stacey Soeldner and the board majority who spend a big chunk of their time attacking insurance policies that defend marginalized college students, beginning tradition wars on-line and dividing our neighborhood. They haven’t addressed the survey outcomes from the earlier survey and proceed to disregard employees considerations.

It doesn’t matter what curriculum we put in place if we don’t have lecturers to show. Soeldner has not addressed the poor employees surveys they usually proceed to say no, and lecturers proceed to depart!

Elect Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw April 2. They’re each former educators who perceive what we have to do to retain good lecturers and employees in our district. We can not afford to permit dissatisfaction amongst employees, or we is not going to have a employees left.

Rebecca Wilinski


Stacey Soeldner will maintain colleges shifting within the ‘proper course’

A gaggle referred to as “ALLY” is set to maneuver the MPSD again to the best way it was earlier than Stacey Soeldner (and Collin Braunel and the 2 Matts and Tony) had been on the board.

When these individuals got here on the board, the primary issues had been the dearth of self-discipline, poor check scores and the introduction of DEI and educating of gender points to our youngsters.

Now, I positive hope they don’t wish to get rid of the brand new studying program that’s having such success, and I don’t suppose they had been ever actually involved about self-discipline — in order that leaves DEI and gender points.

Variety and inclusiveness have at all times been the norm in a public college system, however “fairness” means all college students come out the identical no matter their effort and/or skills. And do we actually need our college students, as younger as 4K, studying about transgender points? Isn’t this the mother and father’ job to show this, as they see match?

Dad and mom are the primary lecturers — you may have a proper to have a say in what’s taught in our colleges.

To retain that proper — vote to maintain Stacey Soeldner on the board. She’s going to maintain us shifting in the fitting course.

Ann Wolf


Manitowoc County Jail ought to provide free calls and emails

Manitowoc County Jail not too long ago went to a mail service primarily based in Phoenix, Maryland. It’s the similar mail service the Division of Corrections makes use of. Within the DOC, it takes two weeks for an incarcerated particular person to obtain a letter from a beloved one. With the jail delivering mail electronically, I hope it does not take that lengthy to speak with somebody within the MCJ.

Communication is, supremely, essential — for everybody. It’s essential for psychological well being for incarcerated individuals. That impacts the protection of different incarcerated individuals and jail employees. Communication can also be crucial for affecting a change in incarcerated individuals — so, after they’re launched, they don’t return to jail sooner or later.

I perceive the explanation the Manitowoc County Jail went to the brand new mail service — to attempt to maintain medication out of the jail. That’s a noble pursuit, however there’s an answer to all of those points — free calls and emails.

Many states have gone to free calls and emails — of their state prisons and county jail — due to the predatory pricing of calls. Free calls and emails have almost eradicated paper mail, sped up communication, supplied elevated safety (for all), and produced extra favorable outcomes of incarceration. Let’s not neglect that the overwhelming majority of incarcerated individuals shall be our neighbors at some point.

Tom Denk


Vote Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw for varsity board

Issues I ponder: I didn’t take note of college board conferences prior to now. Was I not , or did I belief board choices? Not till the COVID-19 pandemic, when some board members refused masking towards Well being Division suggestions and medical suppliers had been begging the board to comply with, did I perk up. The place did working for the “widespread good” go? Then, got here anti CRT and DEI. So, no significance to finding out U.S. historical past?

How a lot is ALEC behind current board choices? We all know the North Carolina group reached out to 2 Matts and Tony after they had been elected to the board. Why are two retired individuals from Michigan (quickly to be one) main the district? For nearly a half million {dollars}? Why? Political agenda maybe present board majority helps?

Current conferences embrace a board member targeted on the phrase penis, saying it no less than thrice and somebody from “gays towards groomers” yelling and accusing some viewers members of being a cult and those who kids ought to concern.

Appalling what has occurred beneath Stacey Soeldner’s board service.

Let’s educate, respect and do our greatest to know all college students and historical past and biology.

My votes for Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw aren’t any secret.

Patty Marquardt


Vote ‘No’ on constitutional amendments

There’s a proposal by our state’s Republican Celebration so as to add an modification to the Structure on the April 2 poll. The modification has two components. Each are an effort to pose vital dangers to the ideas of equity and inclusion in authorities.

Republicans are pushing this modification to meddle in election administration and go away districts with fewer assets to maintain polling locations open.

Query 1 would amend the State Structure to ban municipalities from accepting nonpartisan grants to assist fund our elections. This might pressure native officers to shut polling locations altogether and even elevate taxes to make sure elections run easily.

Query 2 would amend the Wisconsin Structure to state that nobody aside from an election official approved by regulation could assist conduct any election within the state. On the floor, this will appear to make sense. However introducing uncertainty over who is taken into account an “election official” may current alternatives for Republicans to solid doubt and unfold conspiracies if election outcomes don’t go their means. Would a volunteer greeting voters exterior a polling place be thought-about an election official or a police officer escorting election materials on election night time? The uncertainties created by this modification haven’t any place in our state structure and will lead to court docket circumstances and delays in election outcomes.

As stewards of democracy, it’s crucial that Wisconsites reject this modification and uphold the integrity of our electoral system.

Vote “No” on Questions 1 and a pair of on April 2.

Barbara Welnetz


Vote for ‘confirmed leaders’ Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw

Keep the course?

Stacey Soeldner, the present president of the Manitowoc Public College District Board of Training, is working for reelection. Her yard indicators say “Keep the Course.” With all that has gone fallacious within the college system along with her as board president, “staying the course” is clearly what we DON’T want from the board.

After solely a month on the job as superintendent, James Feil employed an assistant superintendent for a wage package deal of greater than $200,000. That assistant has spent just a few days a month within the district and remainder of the time working from her house in Michigan. Her current resignation might be a sign that even she realized it was a foul concept.

With Soeldner as board president, the superintendent was given an extension on his contract with no formal analysis of his efficiency.

Soeldner was largely accountable for the elimination of the committee construction — a construction essential to the profitable functioning of the board.

Not surprisingly, the morale within the system shouldn’t be good. Lecturers and directors are leaving at a disturbing charge. Consequently, when openings within the MPSD are posted, it’s unlikely high candidates will apply.

I urge you to assist the board to take a special course by voting April 2 for confirmed leaders Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw.

Jim Rabata


‘Proper the Ships’ by voting for Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw

This yr, my college taxes went up 46%. What is occurring?

First, the board employed a brand new superintendent, who instantly created a brand new place of assistant superintendent. Their annual compensation provides as much as $438,030. (And that doesn’t embrace the unknown quantities which will have been spent to purchase out contracts for directors pushed out in mid contract.)

Then, the superintendent satisfied the board to undertake a brand new district studying curriculum, Success For All, considerably costlier than the one which had been really useful by a district committee of lecturers. Primarily based on proof supplied by the district, for the primary yr the price of this system is at $2.2 million, which is greater than double the unique determine, and ongoing prices are estimated so as to add greater than $340,000 a yr going ahead. Furthermore, not too long ago the state left SFA off their record of really useful curricula. Utilizing an unapproved program will definitely add considerably to the prices for the district.

Now, after gaining approval for a $61 million referendum final yr, the board has mentioned an excellent bigger one they are saying is required for constructing upkeep.

This new administration has repeatedly proven itself financially incompetent. In the meantime, the board has proven little curiosity in offering steerage or oversight financially. This yr, they even disbanded the long-time Board Finance Committee, meant to observe over the cash.

Nonetheless, Stacey Soeldner says we should always “keep the course.” However when you have dug your self right into a deep gap, one of the best recommendation is to cease digging! It’s time to “Proper the Ships.” Vote for Trask and Shaw on April 2.

David Gratz


Vote Stacey Soeldner to assist get district ‘again on observe’

After attending the college board candidate discussion board, I’m disheartened by the misogyny expressed towards our board president by the three males working. These reckless, unprovoked assaults towards our solely feminine board member and candidate is inflicting extra pointless division on the college board and locally. Feminists didn’t struggle for equal rights for hundreds of years for girls to be handled unequally.

Hate speech and hate campaigns shouldn’t be inspired or a part of a college board race. Native special-interest and hate teams haven’t any place in our colleges and neighborhood. We should always be capable of come collectively and discover options all of us agree upon for the sake of all college students.

Stacey Soeldner has made it clear all our children deserve nice public colleges. Stacey is the one incumbent on this race who was towards and didn’t vote to masks and ship college students like me house throughout COVID-19.

District studying scores elevated 10% after solely two quarters from the brand new Success for All reform. She seems to be at what our district wants enchancment on, visits school rooms, promotes our colleges positively, holds listening classes to seek out options that profit all, supported the Parental Invoice of Rights, and meets with the principals to see how they’re doing and the way she, as a board member, can enhance. That’s being in it for the trigger, not herself.

We, the individuals, should keep the course. That’s the solely method to get our district again on observe and have children come first.

Brayden Myer


‘Proper our Ship’ with Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw

The varsity district simply accomplished one other employees survey and not too long ago launched the outcomes after a request was made via the open data regulation. It was said on the final board assembly that they had been seeking to examine our district outcomes with different districts within the state. Please take a second and replicate on this info earlier than voting April 2 for the college board.

We ranked on the 1st percentile on every of those following standards beneath Stacey Soeldner’s management.

That implies that employees in 99% of different districts scored the reply increased than in our college district. Not a file to be happy with for positive.

  • District administration is doing what it takes to make our district profitable;

  • The district seeks enter from a broad group of employees members;

  • The district is not off course; and

  • The varsity board is doing what it takes to make our district profitable.

I may say extra, however I’ll let the outcomes converse for themselves.

Vote to make our district the standard district it was once once we valued and listened to our lecturers and employees. Vote Kerry Trask and Keith Shaw for the Manitowoc College Board on April 2. We have to “Proper our Ship!”

Lisa Johnston


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