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Bertrand School Board, Dist 54

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    Brent Samuelson

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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?

Occupation Banker
Education Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering-UNL 1992 MBA-Colorado State University 2000
Current Public Office, dates held Hi-Line Golf course board of directors-current VP, past President 2015-2019
Past Public Office, dates held Bertrand School Board 2006-2010 Immanuel Lutheran Church council, Treasurer/VP
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Bertrand Parade CoChair 2017-present Chamber golf tournament director 2018-present Youth football and baseball referee/umpire 2003-present
Address 10509 740 Rd Bertrand, NE. 68927
Marital Status Married to Michelle since 1992
Age 51
Twitter @nilessam
Technology is key to providing our students with the skills needed to succeed in the world today. We can’t forget that the personal touch from a caring teacher or para is just as important. We are blessed to have a great educational service unit in the area and we need to continue to work with them to continually improve on the use of technology in our school. Fortunately we are blessed to have good broadband access in our community at this time. Our children are our future and we need to provide them with the tools to succeed in the most economically way possible.
We are blessed to live in a great rural community. I truly believe almost all of our students and teachers feel very safe as the current administration and board have done a good job of addressing any safety concerns as they arise. I would propose that we continue to work with the local law enforcement agencies to make sure we are doing all we can to keep our children and staff safe. Open communication and cooperation between the school and local law enforcement will help to strengthen the bond between them and improve everyone’s safety going forward.
The students in our district are our future and we need to make sure they have access to the programs and information to prepare them for the 21st century job market. Whether it is preparing them for tech school, a trade school, the military, a two or four year college or the working world we need to make sure they are properly educated to give them the best chance for success. Balancing these needs versus the costs to our patrons is the challenge to all school boards. I hope to use my financial background with cash flows and budgeting to help the district provide what is needed for our students and staff in the most financially responsible way.