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O’Fallon District 90 school board candidate: John Valentine

Name: John Valentine

City of residence: O’Fallon

Age: 46

Family status: Married

Education: Bachelor of science in computer science and mathematics; master of business administration

Occupation: Sr. Solutions Engineer at Extreme Networks

Political party: Not provided

Office sought: District 90 School Board

Campaign email: jvalentine4D90@charter.net

Previously held offices: None

What qualifies you for this position?

“My qualifications include my residency in the city for 22 years. I have two children attending school in the district and will be for years to come. I have a deeply vested interest in the success of not only my kids, but all the kids in our district and community as a whole. My education and entire professional career has been in a STEM related field. My passion is the kids and their educational success. Many parents want an advocate for our children and I want to be that advocate.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“The lack of education diversity and distribution of resources throughout our district’s schools are the biggest challenges. We are losing the engagement and enthusiasm of some of our students. The diversity of education and resources available across the schools is not as consistent as our children and high school desire. We must find new means to deliver a challenging and fulfilling education. I am eager to engage teachers, administrators, parents and members within and between districts in order to develop new approaches to rebuild the educational foundation and reputation of excellence for which our community has been known.”

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