Education: Bachelor of science from Kansas State; Newton High class of 1991. Job: I own a small business that sells agricultural and construction products. I also invest in real estate. Family: My wife, Kirstine, (Partridge), son Jack (3), daughter Macy (4 months). Community and public service: Volunteer for Taste of Newton, 4-H. What prompted you to run for this office? I want the best possible education for the children of the community. I feel the current budget shortfalls call for a fiscal conservative to be involved to make sure any cuts dont sacrifice teaching quality. What challenges does the school district or city face in the next four years? What would you do to address those challenges? I feel the biggest challenge the district faces is the budget. The budget has increased from $40 million to $49 million in the last three years with only 25 more students. During the last decade the administration has almost doubled in size, yet the student population has only increased by 75. I will push for fiscal accountability from administration and encourage them to solve problems with proper management, not increasing the size of their staff. What differentiates you from your opponent? I have a direct approach to solving problems. I am a team player who will motivate the group to move forward and solve problems, not just wait for someone else to come up with all the ideas. I also have two children who will be school age soon, and I have a vested interest in seeing them get the best education possible. What would you do to improve student achievement? I will push for a cut in administrative positions. I think by eliminating administrative positions. you will save a tremendous amount of money not only in salaries but in the money those administrators spend to justify their positions. The money saved will be much better spent by the teachers who have a direct impact on student achievement.