Candidate profile: David Kemper
Family: Wife, Patti; sons, 19 and 17; daughter, 12
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in economics; master’s degree in information technology from Villanova University
Occupation: Network technician
David Kemper may be an incumbent on the District 833 School Board, but he said that’s not the only experience that drives his re-election effort.
The Woodbury resident said in addition to serving on the board, he remains a volunteer, a community leader and a concerned parent.
“I just want to keep providing superior education for our families, their students and our communities,” Kemper said.
He said students’ learning leads the key issues driving his School Board campaign. For Kemper, that means providing different learning opportunities for students like the Advancement Via Individualized Distinction program, Project Lead the Way, and schools like Nuevas Fronteras and Valley Crossing Community School.
“I believe families want choices,” Kemper said. “I just want to continue the good work that our district has been providing and to keep our superior educational opportunities for every parent out there.”
Kemper said he is supportive of the district’s referendum effort and thinks the additional $6.9 million requested in Question 2 adequately addresses what’s necessary to exceed the district’s service-level matrix.
“I realized that that’s what we need to continue the type of education I think our community wants,” he said.
District growth along its eastern boundary is squeezing capacity at schools like Lake Middle School, Middleton Elementary and Grey Cloud Elementary, Kemper said. That, combined with the added enrollment all-day kindergarten will bring to schools, “is why we as a board put that on (the ballot),” he said.
Kemper also said he is “generally supportive” of the district’s iPad expansion in classrooms, but said general fund dollars should not be allocated to buy the devices.