Jake Hoffman - East Valley Tribune: Elections

Jake Hoffman

Public education must empower our children to think for themselves and be successful. Parents must be allowed to engage in the process and teachers should have the support they need to help our children excel.

I am running for the school board because with two young children and a supportive wife who happens to also be a first grade teacher, I have a vested interest in seeing Higley reach its full potential and provide the best education available -- for all the children. I was raised to get involved and serve others which is what I intend to do if elected.

Higley has made some incredible strides towards becoming a world-class district and the district administration has done a good job managing the rapid growth we have seen over the last few years. A record of quality management has been established and now I believe it is time to focus on building a reputation for exceptional leadership as well. Three of my top priorities for the district are:

I believe we must first reshape the culture of the district to greater emphasize the customers of public education: Students, Parents, Teachers & Taxpayers. By reshaping the culture people will begin to see greater transparency, accountability and respect for those customers of the system.

I believe we need to work diligently to show a greater level of respect and appreciation for the teachers in Higley, as well as, more actively solicit parent and teacher input on ways to improve the district.

I believe we need to show a stronger sense of fiscal stewardship for taxpayer money and tirelessly work to identify existing budgetary waste and unnecessary luxury spending.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of today’s grade school kids will end up at a job that hasn't been invented yet. It is imperative that all of us; educators, administrators, governing boards, parents and community members, be resolute in preparing our children for next generation challenges by incorporating the application of new technology and real world critical thinking skills today.

School boards are intended to be governed through “Lay Governance”, meaning that those elected should be parents, small business owners, community volunteers and the like so the pulse of the community is represented in the local education system. As a father, husband, small business owner, manager, leader, internship site director (ASU) and guest lecturer (ASU) I believe I am a qualified member of the community to serve on the Higley governing board.

If elected to Higley Unified School District Governing Board I promise to work tirelessly to promote strong community and family values that strengthen our position as a leading district in Arizona. I commit to frequently connecting with teachers and parents to learn from their experiences which facets of district operations can be improved, as well as, fighting hard to send more money and resources to the classroom.

Please vote for me for the Higley School Board on November 6th.

[-- Information from www.jakehoffman.us]

Race Information

District
Election Year
Election Level
Election Type
Result
2012
School
General
Kristina Reese Denise Standage Bob Steiger

Higley Unified School District | governing board 100%

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Votes
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4,256
15.35%
3,896
14.01%
3,556
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17.28%
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