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William Kunze SEP Board of Education Candidate

Question 1). What educational or other education specific based community work or experience do you have to bring to your role on the school board?
William Kunze: Volunteering as a parent in the SEP district for elementary, junior high, and high school events and activities with my girls. Outside of the district I’ve taught multiple age groups through church and helped coach girls softball for 5 years. 

Question #2: In your opinion, what are some of the district’s strengths and weaknesses? How do you feel you could support the strengths and turn around the weaknesses?
William Kunze: I’m proud of the way I’ve seen teachers care for the students, I’m glad that SEP has been recognized by the staff as a great place to work. I think the teachers and bus drivers could use more support by being backed up by the board if there are problems in their areas of authority. I would like to visit classrooms and even take a couple bus rides to see what differences can be made.

Question 3). Are you willing to listen to various viewpoints with an open mind and weigh all sides prior to making a decision? Are you willing to work with others to reach a common goal?
William Kunze: Yes and yes, I’ve been in multiple situations with strong personalities and have been able to listen and come to an agreed direction forward.

Question 4: What do you feel is the bigger obstacle facing school districts today; proper funding or proper spending?
William Kunze: Proper spending.

Question 5: What are your feelings regarding equality and inclusivity? What are your strategies to make sure all students and families are treated with dignity and respect regardless of sexual orientation, ability, race, religion and socio-economic status?
William Kunze: Everyone should be given an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed. Each student is an individual with needs and learning styles. Those who interfere with the learning and success of others should be dealt with quickly and consistently with follow up to make sure the issue is dealt with rather than falling through the cracks.

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