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EM Board of Education candidate: Patrick Rhude

ELK MOUND — Four candidates have filed nomination papers for three positions on the Elk Mound Board of Education in the April 1 election: Tim Sivertson (incumbent); Mark Cedarblade; Kelly Holzer; Patrick Rhude.

Patrick Rhude was the second of the candidates to return a questionnaire sent out by the Colfax Messenger.

Bill Moore and Jim Holte, who have both served on the Elk Mound Board of Education for 15 years, decided not to run for re-election.

Rhude, 40, lives on county Highway H in rural Elk Mound and is a journeyman lineman at Dunn Energy Cooperative. He has a degree in electrical power distribution.

Rhude’s family includes his wife, Lani, and children Austin, Lexi and Kallee.

Here are Rhude’s answers to the questionnaire:

1. Why did you decide to run for election to the Elk Mound Board of Education? Being a graduate from Elk Mound Schools and the current parent of children in the school system, I am passionate about the issues that effect our school district. I feel that I would be a positive asset if elected.

2. What aspects of your background make you particularly suited for serving on the school board? For the past five years, I have been the President of the Elk Mound High School Athletic Booster Club. In this position I have worked closely with the Athletic Director/Principal, Superintendent as well as other Administration and staff. I have been exposed to some of the issues that effect our community and school district, therefore, want to continue to serve in a larger role to offer input on ways to continue to make the school district successful.

3. What issues do you see as being the most important for the Elk Mound school district and why? Increasing enrollment has been a constant for the past several years, including open enrollment. I believe the Board will continue to have to be creative with space issues and other issues that arise due to (an) increase in numbers. It is great that so many families want to raise their families in the district, but the Board will need to continue to be on top of this to make sure there continues to be space and appropriate class sizes.

Also, continuing on the path the current school board has paved being fiscally responsible in making decisions that benefit the district as a whole.

Another issue I feel is important is insuring all children in the district are receiving a quality education to prepare them for life beyond their years in the Elk Mound School District.

4. What issues to you hope to bring to the Elk Mound Board of Education or what issues would you like to see addressed by the school board? I do not have any particular issues that I would like addressed by the school board. I feel fortunate to have the quality education our children and myself have received through the Elk Mound School District. There will be tough decisions to make along the way, but if elected I hope my input is valuable to continue the district’s past success.

5. Other comments? I believe that I would bring an open mind to the current issues facing the Board. Also being able to quickly become educated on the current policies and procedures to continue to help the board run effectively.