Ellen Ipsen: 2023 Candidate for Antioch High School District 117 School Board


Town: Antioch

Age on Election Day: 70

Occupation: Sales, Insurance agent, American Family Insurance

Employer: Self

Previous offices held: District 117 and Grass Lake School School Board


Q: Why are you running for this office, whether for reelection or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you?

A: for the benefit of the students

Q: What is the role of the school board in setting and monitoring curriculum?

A: There is Very qualified director of Curriculum

Q: Are there curriculum issues within the district that you feel need particular attention from the board?

A: no

Q: How do you view your role in confronting policy or curriculum controversies: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents - even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state authorities?

A: I am a very good listener with strong opinions

Q: Concerns are growing regarding a new resurgence of the pandemic. If another massive outbreak of infectious disease occurs, what have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that will guide your decision making?

A: What is best for the students safety

Q: Describe your experience working in a group setting to determine policy. What is your style in such a setting to reach agreement and manage school district policy? Explain how you think that will be effective in producing effective actions and decisions of your school board.

A: the school board is one unit. My voice is one of seven

Q: What makes you the best candidate for the job?

A: That would be up to the voters

Q: What's one good idea you have to better your district that no one is talking about yet?

A: Dist 117 staff and administration are the magic machine that are always creating the best ideas for our Great students.

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