Jim Heischberg: Candidate Profile
Grass Lake District 36 School Board
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Occupation: Bus Driver & Driver Education Instructor
Education: Associates in Applied Science Mechanical Engineering Technology
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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?
To be more involved in the education process of the school district that has served my family for so many years.
What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?
The process seems adequate. I have never really looked at it in great detail or compared it to what other processes are available.
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?
The teachers should have a big say as to the curriculum and the board should be supportive of the teachers.
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?
I am still studying the financial issues for the district. This district serves a small community area which results in smaller class sizes and a lower teacher to student ratio. Taxes and fees should be carefully considered as the median income for the district is also lower when compared to some of the larger districts in the state.
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 sure how a voucher system would affect the enrollment of the district. The board needs to insure that the educational needs of the students are the first priority despite any other circumstances.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
The issues that are important to me are the ongoing use and improvement of available technologies.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
My pastor. I cannot honestly say that I am inspired by any politician.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
To be kind to others and always be fair and honest.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
Everything I have done makes me the person I am today. I wouldn't want to change anything.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Spelling. I believe that proper spelling of words is the most important aspect in written communication.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Think before you speak. Once said you cannot take back words.