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Office Sought: Muscatine Community School District School Board

Candidate email address: klarue@netmuscatine.com

Educational Background

NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
Muscatine High SchoolMuscatineIowa1976-1979Diploma

Employment History

EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
Self-employedOwner/operator12/20/2011currentOversee transport operations
Hon/All SteelPainter11/18/198512/15/2013Finishing system
Allison Bridge PaintingBridge Painter06/01/197709/30/1985Painting technician

Public Offices Held

OfficeStart DateEnd Date
City Transportation Board19911996

Why are you running for election?

I am a graduate of the Muscatine School System; I have two children and a stepson who have graduated from Muscatine and over the course of the next 5 years I will have 5 grandchildren who are receiving schooling from the Muscatine School System.

Since coaching my first Little League team 25+ years ago, I have been a firm believer in being an active participant in the activities my children and grandchildren participate in. Nearly 30 years of serving youth through coaching and 14 years of AWANA volunteering has not diminished my desire to volunteer but has served to fuel my fire to give back.

Running for the Muscatine School Board is a logical next step in my service to Muscatine’s youth.

What is the most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?

I am not running on specific issues, but on a belief in the value of solid education, which Muscatine offers. Being open to input, is key to outcomes that offer the most value. It is naïve to think there is always an easy solution and thus it requires a commonsense approach to each topic.

What is the second most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?

The last 20 months created an environment for students, that few can empathize with, as we have never gone through anything like this before. Creating an environment that focuses on delivering effective and relevant curriculum yet creates a focus on the mental health of our students and faculty.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve perceptions of Muscatine in the surrounding area?

The perception of Muscatine is the responsibility of all residents. If we have active community involvement and volunteerism, we can grow the perception of Muscatine. Muscatine is the place we choose to live and are invested in the future of the town.

What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

Those who have known me longest, know I could not be called a good student. However, no one gave up on me and I managed to graduate. My wife and I have created a successful business through a desire to serve our community and a willingness to work hard and learn what we don’t know. Our business is built on giving back to the community, whether it is Meals on Wheels or Food Recovery for MCSA or simply delivering school lunches to Muscatine students when in person learning stopped due to Covid. We understand our responsibility as a company and as individuals to serve our community.

Giving back to the community was not at the top of my mind when I started coaching Little League all those years ago. But when opportunities arose, I simply said yes more than I said no. As I look back on the last 25+ years, the things I am most proud of are the times I said yes when asked.

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