A quote from the Greek philosopher Diogenes is etched on Duluth East High School. It reads, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”

As a School Board member, I am dedicated to providing opportunities for all our students to succeed. I am a first-generation college student. I understand the paths our students take are unique and different.

I am running for reelection to the School Board in District 1. I want to continue to provide a positive, constructive, collaborative, and effective voice to discussions and decision-making.

Over the last eight years, I’ve prioritized working with district staff, students, parents, community partners, and area elected officials because together, we are stronger.

My husband Ken and I are parents of four children who recently graduated from Duluth public schools. This has given me first-hand knowledge of the strengths and challenges in our district.

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Along with my master’s degree in social work and current position working with children in foster care, my experience as a community organizer has given me a broad understanding of our community.

I am committed to strong relationships between the district, local nonprofits, and community organizations. In addition to multiple School Board leadership positions, I’ve also represented the board as a liaison to the labor/management committee and Community Action Duluth. I currently serve as chair of the School Board Policy Committee and serve on the Head Start Policy Council, the Duluth Public Schools Endowment Fund, and Great Lakes Aquarium Board.

Alongside district staff, board colleagues, and the community, I am proud to have strongly advocated for new and expanded programs such as early childhood education, full-service community schools, career and technical classes, mental health and peer programs, and language-immersion schools (Misaabekong Ojibwe and Nuevo Spanish).

I am committed to providing consistent leadership as we navigate the challenges our school district faces with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our dedicated and creative staff has worked miracles in challenging times, and students have demonstrated incredible courage in facing the difficulties. Let’s join together to provide the resources we need to build back better and return more safely.

The Duluth school district’s new superintendent is reexamining our operation through a fresh lens. I am excited about the opportunities as we collaborate with our staff on new initiatives with a responsible budget that reflects our values. The School Board is committed to expanding access to technology, improving mental health services, and recruiting a more diverse district staff.

My ability to bring people together will support the district’s strategic-planning efforts. I look forward to our work with community partners to address the achievement and opportunity gaps with a focus around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our shared goal is to make schools more safe, welcoming, and effective for all.

It has been an honor to serve the community as a School Board member. Using my experience as a board member, my knowledge as a parent, my passion as a community leader, and my diverse relationships, I plan to continue to advance the district.

I appreciate your vote on Nov. 2. Vote Rosie!

Rosie Loeffler-Kemp is the incumbent in the race to represent eastern-Duluth’s District 1 on the School Board. She wrote this at the invitation of the News Tribune Opinion page. District 1 challenger Dana Krivogorsky also was invited but did not submit a column. Election Day is Nov. 2.