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    Kenneth Carpenter
    (NP)

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    Cody E Krull
    (NP)

Biographical Information

How can your school district improve its use of technology, including broadband access, to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in your school?

As a school board member, how do you best advocate for your district's teachers and students in preparing students for the 21st century job market?

Education Diploma from Lincoln East High School
Current Public Office, dates held Minden Board of Education 2013-present (secretary 2014-present)
Volunteer experience Cub Scout and Boy Scout Volunteer, adult sponsor on church youth mission and 4-H trips, have coached children in t-ball, baseball, and soccer, Certified hunter safety instructor, Church Board of Trustees.
Address 1079 35 Road Minden, NE 68959
Marital Status Married for 24 years.
Age 57
Our district is always working to improve its use of technology in and away from the classroom. This has been critical during this time of off-site learning for our students and teachers in order to continue learning away from the school building due to COVID-19. We have added wi-fi access areas around our school and in other towns in our district to make sure that all students have broadband access.
We have time-lock doors and cameras in place. We have regular emergency drills for students and teachers. We work along with school administrators, teachers, and the local first responders to regularly review and update the safety plans that we have in place.
I think that it is important to make sure the school is offering class subject matter, curriculum, and activities that will prepare our students to succeed. Getting our agricultural program up and running in the right way, and adding a FFA program along with business partnerships for students is a priority.
Occupation Commercial Risk & Asset Manager
Education Bachelor of Science Degree - University of Nebraska Kearney - Business Administration
Volunteer experience Teammates Board Member/Mentor, Optimist Club, Minden Opera House Board Member, Two Rivers Public Health Department Board Member, Kearney area Chamber Young Professional Board Member, Kearney County Health Services Family Advocacy Board member
Address Minden NE 68959
Marital Status Married
Age 30
Our school is currently overwhelmed with technology because of the current pandemic that has swept our nation. Technology is truly the only thing that is saving our children from not getting any form of education. Prior to the pandemic I would have said that we are utilizing the right amount of technology throughout our schools. There needs to be a good balance between technology and pen and paper teaching. The struggle that some faculty have is the supervision of the technology and how do we enforce it properly. If I'm elected to the school board I will make sure to survey teachers after the pandemic and see what their feedback will be.
I think one issue that gets overlooked that can lead to safer schools would be the increase funding and awareness of mental health throughout our school. I truly believe that most people that are going to cause harm to someone or something probably has some form of underlying health issue that's not getting addressed that could possibly help solve a lot of problems. This issue doesn't start at the school level though, this issue needs to start at the top and have more funding supported within the schools and communities.
We need to make sure we're continually evaluating what higher education is expecting out of Freshman through Senior when they join their respective schools. I think this needs to be an open diologue with school districts and higher education facility. There are a lot of job fairs and career opportunities to include internships from higher education. I firmly believe in the internship programs within higher education and in the last couple years we have had an intern within our office and it's been great for both parties. This is how we open up our students to new opportunities. The experience of hands on learning is far better than what a classroom setting could teach and prepare you for the next stage in life.