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Waverly school board

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  • Joe Chahine

  • Holly Nester

  • Melissa Sherry

  • Angela Witwer

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Biographical Information

Why are you running for school board? Please mention any experience or background that makes you particularly qualified to serve.

What are the three biggest issues facing your district and how do you propose to address them? Which issue is your top priority?

If budget cuts become necessary during your term, what would you be willing to sacrifice?

If necessary to meet budget constraints, would you support closing a school building?

Are you satisfied with the academic achievement in your district? Why or why not?

Are you satisfied with the facilities in your district? Why or why not?

Are you satisfied with the performance of your superintendent? Why or why not?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? If not, please explain.

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Hometown Morrice, Michigan
Education Bachelor's degree in English, Michigan State University
Family Husband Peter Sherry, two children Ryan and Emily
Professional Experience My career has been spent in the Volunteer Management field in health care and community service organizations.
Political Experience Past four years on the Waverly Community School's Board of Education
I am seeking reelection to the Waverly Community School's Board of Education because I want to continue the efforts to improve student achievement in our district. I have served four years on the board and have gained valuable experience through several successful bond efforts, gained a keen understanding of district finances, curriculum best practices, and brought to the role a desire to always keep students' best interest at the heart of all decisions.
The three issues facing Waverly Community Schools is student achievement, student safety, and having a sound financial position for the district. Student achievement is my top priority and I have worked collaboratively with the board to invest heavily in improved technology and learning tools to ensure student success. Student safety is also a priority and I have participated in efforts to improve pedestrian and driver safety near schools. In addition I have supported technology efforts that have made buildings safer as well as upgraded our bus fleet. Financially, we've been careful in planning and using resources to enabled us to balance our budget and invest in student learning.
During the last four years, as a school board member, I have been mindful of the long term and short term impact of a financial decision. I can say our board has worked collaboratively to find creative solutions to trim the budget so that items that touch our students' classrooms are not sacrificed. I think we have done a good job and I am proud of the fact that we have limited our state borrowing, taxing and maintained a fund balance. If budget cuts became necessary, I would first sacrifice the fund balance and make every effort to rebuild it as soon as possible to ensure the district has resources to maintain the high quality of student learning for the future.
I believe the work our board has done in the last four years has actually grown the district's enrollment and it's unlikely we would look to close another education building. Shortly before joining the board, one of our buildings did close and we have been mindful of the impact this has had on the neighborhood and we are currently considering how to use that resource for the future of our district.
No. As a school board member, I am keenly aware of how important student achievement is to our childrens' and our community's future. We made gains in student achievement over the last four years, but we are not there yet. I believe we have made great strides in putting into place the resources needed for our students to succeed and if reelected, the next four years will be focused on using those tools to continue to help students thrive and succeed in Waverly.

I am proud to say Waverly has had very successful students graduate from the district including two National Merit Scholars and students that go on to Ivy League colleges.
We are getting there! Waverly has beautiful buildings that our community should be proud to send our children to each day. Our board over the last few years gained significant financial savings through a utility bond that improved our mechanical systems. We have also carefully planned for and implemented significant improvements to technology through a community approved technology bond. This bond upgraded learning areas in the schools with new furniture and allows space for student collaboration. Today our schools look bright and cheerful for our students.
Yes. Early on in my tenure on the board we hired our superintendent and he has been one of the best decisions we have made for the future of Waverly. He has carefully listened to the board and understands our #1 priority is improving student achievement. We have also expressed a desire to set Waverly on a path for future success where we can be a "have" school to provide our students with the very best learning environment. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the district to enable us to improve technology, academic class offerings, grow student enrollment and improve our facilities through careful cost containment and cost savings such as mechanical improvements and the sinking bond.
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