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Louisville School Board, Dist 32

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    John Winkler

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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 Bachelors Degree in Political Science Masters Degree in Public Administration
Current Public Office, dates held Louisville Board of Education 2016-2020
Past Public Office, dates held Village Board of Trustees Cedar Creek, Nebraska
Volunteer experience Member of the Offutt Advisory Council. Co-Commander of the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron. Volunteer at Open Door Mission, Sienna Francis House, Habitat for Humanity, Heathland of America Food bank. Coach youth athletics.
Address 211 SUNRISE LN Cedar Creek, NE 68016
Marital Status Married to Tammy Winkler
Age 54
One thing the COVID-19 Pandemic has taught everyone in education is the value of technology to the education of our students in the classroom and more importantly outside of the classroom. One of the lessons learned was that not every student has equal access to broadband internet access in our District, especially in rural areas. The District did take steps to ensure that all students did have access to technology and the internet, however, broadband access is a systemic issue that needs to be addressed across the state and country and not just for education but for business development, access to health care and general quality of life. Without broadband access rural areas and economically depressed areas of our state and communities will fall behind in education and overall development. Simply, we need 21st century technology across the country.
At LPS school safety is our number one concern. LPS has invested a tremendous amount of resources in school safety equipment, procedures, and protocols. We purchased a new security system with camera's, keyless entry systems, teacher training in stop the bleed and first aid triage techniques, each classroom is equipped with a first aid medical kit, active shooter training, tornado, fire and active shooter drills conducted in school. LPS communicates and coordinates with the Cass County Sheriff's office, the Nebraska State Patrol and federal agencies to ensure the District is doing everything we can to ensure student and teacher safety. The District has a very active and proactive safety committee which provides recommendations regularly to the Board and Administration. Furthermore, teacher and student safety is stressed outside of the school building and school day. Just like education doesn't begin or end at the front doors of the school, neither does safety or health.
At LPS we try to offer a wide range of academic, athletic, artistic and vocational training, activities and curriculum. Not all students are interested in pursuing a 4 year degree in college. I am a huge supporter of vocational and job training at LPS. As has been widely reported there exists a shortage of qualified trades people like welders, plumbers, electricians, HV/AC, machinist, mechanics, transportation workers etc. LPS conducts job shadowing programs, class offerings etc. and has begun to explore establishing a program with the communities largest employer to train students on the equipment they utilize and the many opportunities for careers they offer. The District participates in local and regional internships or jobs programs to encourage students to explore careers that they are interested in. There exists and equal demand and shortage of engineers, chemists, health care professionals, information technology and coding professionals in todays 21st century job market.