My name is Erin Heers-McArdle, and I am a candidate for the First District seat on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board (ISD #11). I’m running because I want a School Board that responds to the needs of students, families, and teachers in our district—not one that gives more weight to the demands of individuals and groups from outside our district, people who have no personal stake in the education we offer to our community. I’m running because as the parent of an elementary student in the district, I have borne witness to the failures and the successes of our schools, and I want to be part of building on those successes. I’m running because our school district must serve the needs of all of our students, including those who have historically been left behind. I’m running because I want to give our teachers and support staff the tools, resources, and support necessary to build upon the gifts and talents of each student in their care.
In the time my child has been enrolled in-district, I’ve learned much about the challenges our district faces. I’ve learned about the legal and logistical issues Anoka-Hennepin has faced in the past and continues to face as we look to the future. From the many in-district students and families I’m privileged to know, I’ve learned about obstacles that stand between them and success. Most importantly, I’ve spent a great deal of time listening to and talking with my child’s teachers, paraeducators, and administrators. What I’ve learned from all of this is that the students, families, and educators of ISD #11 need an advocate they know and trust on the Board, someone committed first and foremost to them. They require a collaborator who will work with legislators and community leaders to ensure our district has ample funding to meet our goals. They need a partner who will work to get them the resources and support necessary to do their work most effectively. I am committed to being that advocate, collaborator, and partner, and I look forward to serving the people of the Anoka-Hennepin district.