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Election 2020 Profile: Jeff Prophett

Jeff Prophett

Position sought: School Board Member

Age: 62 

City/town of residence: Monroe

Family: Daughter - Nicole; Son - Ben 

Education: Associate Degree 

Occupation: Retired

Previous elected positions held: School Board Member – 2 Terms

The April ballot will show four available spots for School District of Monroe board members; three spots will serve three-year terms and one spot will serve one-year term. The one year term will fill the seat that was vacated by Amy Bazley, and is presently held by Tim Wolff. The three highest vote recipients will serve in the three-year terms and the fourth-highest vote will recipient will serve a one-year term. Incumbents on the ballot will be Nicole Matley, Cheryl McGuire, Jim Plourde and Wolff. Other candidates who filed to be on the ballot are Jeffrey Prophett and Jordan Nordby.

What are the top issues facing this district/municipality and how would you work to resolve it?

I feel the issues are slower than anticipated city growth, declining enrollment and insufficient federal funding to aid us in the student education and facility funding needed.

We need to work with our local and state representatives to increase our tax base, achieve better funding for our schools and draw younger families, that have school age children, to our district.

What are other key issues facing the district/municipality, and how would you work to resolve them?

Many businesses have been forced to downsize or go out of business. We need to attract new business, with better pay, to support our existing economy. We should provide adequate meal programs for students, elderly, low income and homeless.

Doing these things should bring more interest into our district and allow us to “Bring You Back”

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

I think a lot of the programs our district has been working on, like the Mental Health concept, show great merit and the districts dedicated support. We need to educate our students to the future needs of our country. Areas like technology, construction, foreign language, and the like will enhance a student’s future and better prepare them for employment opportunities. 

I was on the board during a past referendum and know my experience in this area would benefit in the evaluation and success of the needed upgrades to the modernization of the district facilities.