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Candidate Profile: Sherri K. Cleasby
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Albany School Board

There are four candidates running for two spots on the Albany school board. Sherri Cleasby and Philip Kubesh are running, as are incumbents Adam Kopp and Andy Knauf.

Position sought: Albany school board

Age: 36

City/town of residence: Albany

Family: Husband, Jason; daughters Kierra, 8, and Kaydra, 5

Education: Graduated Albany High School 1996, Blackhawk Technical College Graduate 2001

Occupation: Dental Assistant at TriMark Dental Clinic

Previous elected positions held: N/A

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

Albany's biggest issue right now is budget. I would like the opportunity to review our spending and find the key areas to ensure each dollar is wisely spent benefiting students first. We need to eliminate wasteful spending and get our school back on track and out of debt.

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

Without being a current board member, it is hard to know all of the issues we are facing right now. All I know is that I will be new to this and am not trying to fool anyone. I am going into this as an open book and looking for answers just as the rest of the parents of our school would do. I have no personal agenda except to figure out what is best for our students and staff. I want Albany to continue to grow and exceed just being average. I love our small classrooms and want students to feel safe within them.

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

As a parent of two children attending Albany school district, I am concerned about their education and the overall well-being of all students that attend this school. We must provide the best for our children and help support our teachers and staff to create graduates ready for college or careers. Despite our budget constraints, we must push our schools even more to provide better choices for our district as a whole and figure out a way to do this within our budget and not overspend. I want parents to feel they have the opportunity to voice their opinions to the board about issues that concern them within the school. I believe I am the right candidate for them to approach and count on to express these issues for them.