John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald
Buffalo, MN

How long you have lived in the district?
Six years

Family:
My wife Jodie teaches Spanish at Buffalo High School, grandmother Vivian and son Michael are BHS graduates, daughter Katharine is a senior at BHS, daughters Anna and Ilene attend BCMS.

Occupation:
I am a freelance writer and editor. I write "News from Greater Minnesota" column for Minnpost.com.

Community or School District involvement:
I am the vice chair of the Buffalo Public Library Board of Directors. I am a mentor with the Eugene McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John's University.

Qualities you will bring to the school board if elected:
I spent more than three years as Education Policy Fellow at a St. Paul think tank where I wrote essays and reports after interviewing parents, superintendents, teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, nurses, secretaries and students. I can bring to the board outside knowledge that will make the district stronger and responsive to the needs of all participants.

What do you believe is the most important issue facing education today?
Funding. For nearly 10 years the state has pushed taxes onto districts through local levies. To help pass local tax levies, school districts must be transparent with their finances and provide the best education possible with the finances provided. I also hope to advocate for programs for children on the margins, including those that help gifted and talented, special education and English as a second language students. I also support increased science, technology, engineering and math programs.