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Kimball School Board, Dist 1

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  • Jennifer Griebel
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    Albert Hargreaves
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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?

Occupation Primary care provider at Regional West Medical Center, Internal Medicine.
Education Master of Science and Nursing
Volunteer experience Volunteer firefighter and EMT in Colorado
Considering the recent pandemic, it is evident that technology is important education. I am aware that the technology is being used in the classroom. Recently, we have needed to incorporate the technology from school and home combined to finish up the remainder of the current school year. I believe this was an easier transition for the older elementary children and highschooler to have been using their computers regularly in class. I’m certain the transition was more difficult for the staff, students, and parents of the younger children as there was no familiarity with the program. I believe that it would be important to try to build on this for future experience. If this was considered a routine back up plan then maybe snow days, heat days, and odd closures would be easier to manage with more consistency.
I believe the current measures to manage the safety of the students and staff at the school have been addressed well. Our schools have recently had their security measures increased. Safety of the staff and student should always be a primary priority. It is important to continuously evaluate the risk and be prepared for as much as possible to avoid casualties. Part of preparation also includes being resourceful and the ability to improvise should the need arise.
As a school board member and professional I believe that it is important to support the school staff so the students are well prepared to enter the job market of current days. It is important to build a strong foundation at the elementary level. This will prepare them as they enter middle school and high school. This will better prepare them for the real world. As part of the high school it is important to include life skills and prepare everyone for their life after school today unique situation as best as possible. Part of this could be including general budget managing with the work-study program. Some kids may not attend schooling and enter the workforce immediately, others will enroll in college or a trade program. All these choices need to be supported and can be prepared for at the high school level.
Occupation I have been a mechanic since I was a senior in high school.
Education K-12 - Kimball High school - graduated 1989 Southeast Community College - Milford - John Deere Ag Tech - Associate Degree - graduated 1992
Current Public Office, dates held None
Past Public Office, dates held None
Military experience None
Address 503 East 6th Street Kimball, NE 69145
Marital Status I have been married to my wife Amanda since 2009. We have one daughter, Charlotte, 15 years old
Age 49
I feel our school system utilizes current technology well. I feel we need to still maintain the student/teacher interaction. I don't feel we should be using teachers online when we have well qualified teachers in the classrooms.
Kimball schools uses a card lock system to keep unauthorized people out of the schools. I feel this is a good system. A resource officer on school grounds would help ensure no illegal activities or unauthorized people are getting into the school.
I support the career day that our school currently does. I feel this gives students ideas of what careers are out there and learn about them from the people that are doing those jobs currently. Making sure we keep the necessary classes that will help our students be better prepared for their future. Examples would be FFA, civics, ag, auto mechanics, etc.
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