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O’Fallon District 203 School Board candidate: Donna Johnson

Name: Donna Johnson

City of residence: O’Fallon

Age: 47

Family status: Single

Education: Tuskegee University, bachelor of science in economics; Webster University, master of arts in human resource development; Air Command and Staff College, master of military operations arts and science in military strategy

Occupation: Program analyst

Political party: N/A

Office sought: District 203 Board of Education

Campaign sites:, Twitter @johnson4203

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Previously held offices:

What qualifies you for this position?

“As a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, my qualifications include leadership, analytical and program management skills along with experience in developing mentoring programs for students. My leadership skills will assist with the board’s decision-making process. My analytical and program management skills will help craft a strategic plan to develop metrics/goals to promote global competitiveness and create a budget reflective of current fiscal restraints. Lastly, as a parent of an OTHS senior and Fulton junior high eighth-grader, I know the challenges encountered at the school, through attending board meetings and participating in ‘Conversations over Coffee’ with the board members/administration.”

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

“The top issue for District 203 is fiscal uncertainty. We need to prepare for fiscal changes in state school funding, technology and a growing community. The fiscal restraints issue is addressed by managing the budget correctly and forecasting the needs of the school; while ensuring the right questions are asked so the right board decisions are made. We don’t want the fiscal challenges to jeopardize what’s important — education. We must maintain a top-notch curriculum, reduce our at-risk students, and manage class sizes. A diverse, qualified and informed school board that represents the school and community can make this happen.”