Jeremiah Lange: Candidate Profile
Addison District 4 School Board
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Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
My family has a long history in District 4 and I really enjoy serving this community. We have made tremendous progress in the district, constantly working to improve education for the children here. Possibly the most notable recent accomplishment is the Addison Early Learning Center, which is in it's second year of operation and provides district wide preschool for Addison. This was part of the outstanding 5 year strategic plan that was established previous to my membership on the board. I served as an advocate for that plan and look forward to developing a new strategic plan later this year with input from the community.
What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?
I believe our current process works well. School Report Cards can be found on our website: http://www.asd4.org/District/Portal/SchoolReportCards
How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum?
Ultimately, board members need to be able to trust their administrators to recommend quality curriculum, which starts with hiring great administrators. I believe we have done that in District 4. I expect to see technology being further integrated into curriculum, which has already begun.
What budget issues will your district have to confront and what measures do you support to address them? If you believe cuts are necessary, what programs and expenses should be reduced or eliminated? On the income side, do you support any tax or fee increases?
The uncertainty of state funding is probably the most concerning issue. Our state legislature really needs to come up with a balanced budget and we could use every citizen's support for that. We have worked diligently to spend within our means and keep a responsible fund balance to maintain operations during periods of delayed or reduced revenues. I don't anticipate any necessary cuts or tax increases, but that could change if the state does not maintain their responsibility.
What role can and should school choice play in your district? If Congress or the state approves a voucher system or other means giving students broader choices among public and private schools, how will that affect your district? What is the appropriate response for the board of education of a public school system?
I am not opposed to the concept of school choice, however, we have to make sure all options are held to the highest standards. Any option that takes revenue from the district would have a financial impact. It really depends on the specific legislation.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
We have been very blessed to have a great group of individuals serving on this board together. Everyone has their own unique perspective and strengths, it really allows us to get a lot accomplished. For this reason, I hope to retain our team in the coming election and endorse my fellow board members: John Daniels, Taso Triantafillos and Rudy Aranda.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
Reading more books, gaining more knowledge. Knowledge gives you such an advantage in life, in just about every way imaginable.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
I enjoyed both math and science quite a bit, which definitely had a part in paving my career in software development.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Love others. There are plenty of lessons that they will be bombarded with out there, but I believe this one is under-emphasized.