Name: Joseph Varvera
City of Residence: Highland
Family status: Married
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Education: Bachelor of science from Saint Louis University, major organizational studies, minor communication; associate degree from ITT in electrical engineering, served five-year apprenticeship program for IBEW.
Political party: Not provided
Office sought: Triad C.U.S.D.2 School Board
Campaign Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/electjoevarveratriadschoolboard
Previously held offices: Not provided
What qualifies you for this position?
“I will bring to the board an unbiased and fresh perspective to assist in problem solving in a team environment. I can operate profitable business ventures, largely as a result from past educational experiences. With my school and work experiences combined, I am familiar with the process of constructing and maintaining schools. A successful school district, like a successful business, requires on-time, on-budget performance. I believe we can establish the path to educational excellence while at the same time be responsible and self sufficient. I will listen to your input and objectively weigh the alternatives.”
What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?
“The top issue is funding the school district. I would address the funding issue by prioritizing potential cost-cutting measures by weighing the financial impact versus the valued derived. Schools are instrumental in maintaining the corporate tax base, and the school board needs to be working with community leaders and current businesses to enhance 21st century skills that move students into higher education and the workforce. Good schools attract businesses, businesses pay their share of property taxes and reduce the burden from individual taxpayers. It is time we become self-reliant and accountable for our own educational standards.”