Only one current member of the six-member board, Tom Ring, is running for re-election. There are three seats open, and the top six vote-getters in the Sept. 11 primary are competing in the general election.
Ring finished second in the primary to Lisa Edstrom. Third was Shari Dion, followed by Todd Anderson, Bruce Martin and Jeanne Kelsey.
At a recent candidate forum, the candidates' similarities were more evident than any differences.
All are parents and Roseville residents, and they hold similar views on issues ranging from the importance of early education and lifelong learning to the need to address the district's achievement gap to the deficiencies of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
"Ditto ditto ditto down the row," said Kelsey at the Oct. 25 forum, indicating her answer to a question about the achievement gap was pretty similar to what her five colleagues had just said.
"I basically agree with everything that's been said," said Anderson in response to a question about whether school buildings should get air conditioning. (Basically, the candidates agreed it is not a high priority and is more a school decision than a board one.)
More information on these candidates is available at the Roseville Citizens League site at rosevillecl.org.
Occupation: Sales and marketing associate
Other experience: ECFE advisory council; Roseville Area Schools Legislative Action Committee; Tri-Chair, 2006 Commitment to Community Campaign (levy referendum committee).
Kids in school: Daughter will enter Brimhall Elementary in fall 2008.
Why me: "I am a viable candidate due to my previous school district and community experiences. If elected, I will be able to hit the ground running. I will be an advocate for our kids, our students, for ALL our learners in the district."
Contact: 651-697-0077, toddforschoolboard.org.
Other experience: Teacher and assistant teacher, early childhood; volunteer in district schools; member of District Curriculum Advisory Committee; former member of district Math and Writing Review Teams.
Kids in school: Two in Roseville Area Schools.
Why me: "I have enjoyed working on behalf of our youth and our schools for many years. I am committed to enabling every student in District 623 to reach their potential, and I will listen to all stakeholders as we strive for academic excellence in all District 623 schools."
Contact: 651-639-9271, email@example.com
Occupation: Self-employed, health care consulting practice
Other experience: Volunteer in Roseville Area Schools; Imagine Roseville 2025 Steering Committee; Minnesota Citizens League; Tax Policy Work Group; Allina Community Benefits Committee.
Kids in school: Daughter, senior at Roseville Area High School; son, junior at RAHS; son, sixth grade at Parkview Center School.
Why me: "I want to serve and have the skills, time and passion required to do an excellent job. For over 12 years, I have experienced the wonderful strengths of our staff and students as well as the tough challenges that we face. I will seek and encourage parent and community input."
Contact: 949 County Road B W., Roseville, MN 55113, 651-238-8880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other experience: Served on several city task forces; vice chair of Housing Redevelopment Authority for city of Roseville; serve on finance committee.
Kids in school: Two at Central Park.
Why me: "With my background and experience in business and financial, I would be an asset to the school board as well as that I have two children in the school district so I have firsthand knowledge of the district and how it operates."
Occupation: Academic biochemist
Other experience: District Scholarship Committee, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Community Education Advisory Council, Friendship Connection Advisory Council, study teams for grades K-5 math and grades 7-12 language arts, interview teams for various school staff positions, RAMS task force on pre-AP curriculum, RAHS climate committee, Central Park chess club director, Central Park math enrichment volunteer, PTA member.
Kids in school: Two in Roseville Area Schools.
Why me: "I have considerable experience in district activities. On the board, I will advocate for transitioning Roseville Schools to a fully E-12 system to get children better prepared for kindergarten. I will advocate for better student readiness for kindergarten, for college and for their next step after leaving school."
Thomas Ring (I)
Occupation: Assistant Ramsey County attorney
Other experience: Roseville Area School Board, four years; director, East Metro Integration District School Board, four years; former director, Roseville Area Schools Foundation Board; former chair and member, Roseville Ethics Commission.
Kids in school: Daughter, junior at RAHS; son, fourth grade at Parkview Center School.
Why me: "I seek re-election to the board because I have more to contribute to ongoing district efforts to provide a top quality education for each of our students. I am the only incumbent running. As of January 2008, two-thirds of the board will have only two years experience or less."
Contact: Tom.Ring@isd623.org; 651-635-1600