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O’Fallon District 203 School Board candidate: Brandt House

Name: Brandt L. House

City of residence: O’Fallon

Age: 43

Family status: Single father

Education: U.S. Air Force Academy, bachelors in general engineering; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, masters in business aviation management; Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School, pursuing executive masters in business administration

Occupation: USAF (Retired)

Political party: Not provided

Office sought: District 203 School Board

Campaign Facebook: Vote Brant House for District 203 School Board

Campaign e-mail: houseb@OTHS.US

Previously held offices: District 203 Board of Education

What qualifies you for this position?

“My extensive leadership experience, business background, creative success in resource challenged organizations, achievements as a team builder, policy development experience, success as a problem-solver in the most challenging circumstances, and my passion for excellence in education for all students all qualify me for the District 203 Board of Education. As a board member, I am a trustee for the community and its interests. OTHS, the board, and the community all benefit most from well-rounded members who can objectively navigate the challenges and provide the direction necessary to remain the high achieving program we expect from OTHS.”

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

“Maintaining OTHS’s high level of academic success while being challenged with the uncertainty of state funding is and will continue to be our biggest challenge for the foreseeable future. It will be important, in the short term, to prioritize programs most suited to meet the vision and objectives outlined in the board of education’s action plan. The board has to set an environment conducive to leveraging teachers’ creative and innovative talents to not only continue our success, but expand on that brand of excellence. The board should work with the administration to develop a plan to maximize the resources and programs.”