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Candidate profile: Molly Lutz

Molly Lutz

Age: 44

City: Woodbury

Family: Husband, Chris; daughters, 16 and 13

Education: Rasmussen College

Occupation: Homemaker

Molly Lutz is looking to transition from local parent-teacher organization leader to District 833 School Board member.

The Woodbury woman said she sees her experience as president of the Woodbury Middle School Parent Teacher Organization as a vital component to her candidacy. Lutz, who also served as PTO president at Woodbury Elementary, said the diversity of her background positions her well for School Board.

“I see the district from different levels as a parent,” Lutz said. “It’s been very positive to see the different levels, different sides through the children’s academics.”

Lutz named fiscal responsibility, a focus on student achievement and responsiveness as her core issues.

She said that begins with a need for School Board members to closely scrutinize district budgets “and be willing to make hard decisions.”

Student achievement, Lutz said, is closely tied to the district’s teachers, who she said need support from the board.

“I love our teachers in this district and the time they put in for our children’s learning styles,” she said.

A regular attendee at district meetings, Lutz said she wondered why the School Board moved ahead with a budget matrix that she said didn’t seem to match with community input.

“If you’re going to ask the community, I think you need to listen to the community,” she said.

Lutz said she backs all three questions on the November referendum. Additional levy funding sought in Question 2 “could be put to addressing the issues that haven’t been a priority the last few years, such as safety and technology.”

Too many costs are being shouldered by PTO groups and fundraising efforts, she said, noting that “not all schools have vibrant PTOs.”

Capacity issues in district buildings warrant support for Question 3, Lutz said.

The district’s iPad expansion has benefits, Lutz said, but she said hardcover books must remain in the mix to accommodate different learning styles.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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