Stephanie Kaplan, an incumbent appointed in 2019, Joel Murav, Craig Peterson and Kelly Staron are running for two open, six-year trustee terms on the Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s Board of Education. This is a non-partisan election.
Political experience: Appointed member of Walled Lake Schools Board of Education
Profession: Clinical Social Worker
“I’m a mother of three Walled Lake graduates, with a master’s degree in social work. During my children’s time in school, I was actively involved in the PTA/PTSAs. I held numerous leadership positions on the executive boards, both at elementary and middle school levels, including president for four years for each school. I then went on to become Walled Lake Council President for three years. I served Walled Lake Central High School as music booster president for three years. I also chaired the redistricting committee and bonds committees for the district. I continue to sit on the parenting fair committee, which I have been a member of for the last seven years. I have proven my dedication to Walled Lake Schools and am passionate about making the district the best for every child.”
“I’m running for Walled Lake School Board because I’m passionate, vocal and dedicated to Walled Lake students, staff, parents and the community. I have used my voice to advocate for our community in Lansing and in Washington D.C. Having a mental health background enables me to understand the emotional needs of our community and to better focus on the whole social emotional impact of decisions.”
Political experience: None
Profession: IT Program Manager for an IT consulting firm
“As a father of three young children who attend Walled Lake Schools, I want to help the community come together in our time of need. We must continue to support our teachers, students, parents, and community members through these unprecedented times. As a former legislative rep for the Keith PTA, and as a continued volunteer within the school, I want to help be a positive voice for the community. I plan to help disseminate factual communications to the public and bring their concerns, when appropriate, to my fellow board members. Working as an IT Project Manager for a consulting firm, I am faced with making challenging decisions daily. While it is a team effort, as the project manager I am the one who is ultimately held responsible for the success or failure of the project. I know that my experience working with a global team, managing project timelines, budgets and navigating high-pressure situations, provides me with a perspective that will be invaluable as a board member.”
“My top three priorities are:
- In-Person Learning: Everyone’s safety and desire to get back to in-person learning. We need to work closely with medical professionals, the CDC, and our community members with expertise in the fields to create a plan that is safe for both teachers and students to return to classroom learning.
- School Funding: Public school funding is repeatedly being cut by our government. We need to work closely with our legislative representatives and put a plan in place that will help fund our districts. Ultimately, if we don’t act, we will lose our exemplary educators and our children will suffer.
- Targeting the needs of EVERY student: Recognizing education is not a one size fits all. As a community, we need to continue working on balancing funding for all programs: Special Needs, Gifted and Talented, Student Counseling, Clubs/ Sports etc., need to be available for all families. We need to continue partnering with our state reps and district administration to be an advocate for ALL of our children and the entire school community!”
Political experience: None
Profession: Owner of small specialty manufacturing business located in Wixom for the last 16 years, holder of BS in Manufacturing Material-Metallurgy
“What drives me to run:
- I have been a longtime advocate for providing more educational occupational opportunities for the non-college bound graduates. I would point out that the district’s Every Child, Every Day policy that “creates growth opportunities for all” falls short on preparing this group of kids for going in to the professional and skilled trades upon graduation.
- A much more transparent break out of a public-school budget of more than $155M dollars annual budget.
- More oversight of the spending of the most recently passed operation and building a millage bond of 2019 and to be sure this bond runs its original 20 years’ timeframe.
- Engage with the Michigan state legislature to either modify and repeal the 1994 Proposal A School Finance Reform: it’s not working for public education and has fallen far short of what voters expected at the ballot in 1993.
- Spent 13 years on Schoolcraft College Advisor Board in Manufacturing-Currently on Advisory Board at OSTC schools.”
Kelly Staron (write-in candidate)
Political experience: None
Profession: Operations manager and bookkeeper of an insurance company
“I have decided to run as a write-in candidate for the WLCSD Board because it is time to make a change. We need fresh faces on the board with new ideas and new perspectives.”
“I believe the most important job of the board is to listen to the community and advocate for the students, parents, teachers and staff. It is time to have a board that will question the proposals brought to them by the administration and ask informed questions. We need to be diligent in our efforts and collaborate to make the most informed decision possible.”
“Unless you are living in the moment, it is hard to completely understand the effect decisions will have. I am living in the moment of education right now. My husband and I have four children all in the Walled Lake School District, in high school, middle school and elementary. With children in athletics, robotics, marching band and community education programs I see the effects the decisions have on various programs at all levels.”
“Make your voice heard and write-in Kelly Staron. You can find my page on Facebook (search for Kelly Staron for Walled Lake School Board.)