My name is Kim Bauer and I am running for the current open trustee position on the Florence-Carlton School District Board.
I was born in Montrose, Colorado in 1973 and moved to Montana in 1991 with my family. I attended the University of Montana graduating with a degree in Art. Today along with my husband we own a thriving auto body shop and I also work in the bookkeeping field.
My husband Joe and I have lived in Florence since 1996. We have three children that attend the Florence-Carlton schools. Max who will graduate this year, Jaycee who will be a freshman next year and Cellan who will be in third grade. All of our children have attended Florence schools since kindergarten.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing your school?
What is the biggest challenge facing our school? This is very hard question to answer. There are some very big challenges that our school faces right now. The top three are our budget, our deteriorating infrastructure and some lack of moral, all which link together. The budget for our school is something that has gotten out of hand because it is a very difficult thing to manage and monitor, we need to pull together as an administration, a community and a school and figure out where the shortfalls are. I know that the board is trying to reach out and put together a committee that will hopefully consist of community members, administration members and teachers to get this done but I feel that there needs to be an urgency placed on this matter. It seems that items like this just go round in circles with no resolution or significant outcome. It is a hard subject to tackle but no one seems to want to do it yet everyone seems to want to complain about it when there’s no money for our books, our SRO, our teachers, our softball fields, our uniforms etc.
Why is communication with the community important?
Communication with community is paramount because the community is our lifeline. If the administration or even the school shuts itself off to the community that would be counterproductive to the philosophy of schools. The community needs to be able to have an open forum to be able to come into a board meeting and express their concerns about what they feel is going on that affects them and know that those concerns will be addressed and listened too.
Why are you the best candidate for school trustee?
I believe I am the best candidate for the school board trustee position because I believe in our students, our teachers, our community and our administration. I am very proud to be a part of this community and school system, I want to see it grow and want to help it grow together. I will do my best to ensure that our students are provided the best education our administration can bring them. I will honor the duties and honesty that a board member should bring to the community. Over the years as a parent and a community member I have volunteered as a substitute teacher, given many hours with the Music Boosters, coaching soccer and t-ball, recently working with the facilities planning committee and have been a very active adult leader in our local 4-H club always trying to make myself available for as much as I can for our school, children and community.