Name: Laura Gire Dods
City of Residence: Marine
Family status: Married, two children
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Education: Bachelor of science degree in civil engineering
Occupation: Civil engineer with the U.S. Army at Scott Air Force Base
Office sought: Triad School District Unit 2 school board
Campaign e-mail: email@example.com
Previously held offices: This is my second term on the school board; I’ve served as on the Triad school board for one term, from April 2011-April 2015
What qualifies you for this position?
“I’ve served a previous term on the Triad School Board and provided valuable contributions to improving our school district. I am a lifelong resident of Triad and graduated from Triad in 1990. I am very proud and passionate about our school district. I have two young children, ages 11 and 14. I possess a BS in civil engineering and hold my professional engineering license from the State of Illinois. I am employed by the U.S. Army at Scott Air Force Base as a civil engineer with the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. My position requires me to provide engineering intelligence regarding transportation infrastructure. I am responsible for overseeing large value contract support requirements. I provide multiple oral presentations and briefings to numerous government officials.”
What is the top issue in your race and how would you address it?
“The top issue facing our school board is reduced state education funding. We must find ways to ensure and continue to provide excellence in education and look for opportunities for increasing revenue as the state has continued to decrease our educational funding. We have cut our budget as much as possible; the next round of cuts that are required to balance our budget will be very costly to our students and staff. I feel our school performance will see a great decrease in performance if these cuts are required to be implemented. We are asking our taxpayers to approve an increase to our Education Fund Rate at the April 7, election; our community must choose what type of schools we want to have-one that excels or one that will provide mediocre education.”