To the Journal editor:
I, Carrie Biolo, am running as a write-in candidate for the Marquette Area Public School Board of Education. The Marquette Area Public Schools is at a crossroads and the time for making critical and far-reaching decisions is now.
Like all public school systems in Michigan, MAPS is challenged to provide a quality educational experience to all K-12 students while balancing the varied funding constraints of our state government. I know I can and will make a positive contribution to identifying MAPS solutions.
As two of my three children currently enrolled in MAPS have been directly impacted by recent alignment shifts, I am well aware of the most acute and more general challenges we face.
As a professional musician, teacher, and former MSHS assistant band director, I am passionate about music and how it compliments and enhances every aspect of the educational experience.
I am also committed to strengthening our core learning programs, especially the math and science needed to support our populace in this ever expanding age of information.
Marquette needs a clearly defined vision and a broad, long-range plan for our school system specifically as it relates to building and grade re-alignment, millage proposals, transparent communications, music and art programs, AP classes, alternative education, and community partnerships.
Assessing the effectiveness of all existing programs and developing new programs that are appropriate to the current social and economic climate are essential parts of a defined vision.
As a business owner, a school volunteer, and a past and current member on various boards, I have experience in group dynamics and being a team player.
I believe in educational, financial, and community accountability. As a fifth generation Marquette resident, a parent, and a product of MAPS, I am concerned about this integral part the of Marquette community and committed to helping find creative ways to address our challenges.
The health of a community is said to be measured by the health of its children. We cannot afford to shortchange educational programs vital to the quality of life in Marquette today and in the future.
Your vote in the MAPS Board of Education election is an important one and a vote for me, Carrie Biolo, will strengthen your community voice.
On Nov. 6, please write-in my name, Carrie Biolo, and fill in that oval. Thank you.