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3/23/23 Letters to the Editor

Francour always cares about what’s best for students

To the editor: This is a letter supporting the candidacy of Wendy Francour for re-election to the Mequon Thiensville School Board. For over 20 years I have witnessed Wendy in a wide range of leadership roles as an advocate for children and those who serve them. As principal at Lake Shore Middle School, I worked with her when she served as co-president of the PTA. She led a PTA, now called PTO, board of over 20 committees that focused on improving teaching and learning for all students. She formed a committee focused on creating after-school activities for Lake Shore students. Whether it was being on advisory committees, the District Middle Level Task Force that evaluated middle school programs, developing PALS, a parent assisted tutoring program or working to initiate a Lake Shore-Japan family exchange and travel, Wendy always had the welfare of kids uppermost in her mind.

Though no longer a district resident, I have served as a program director and adjunct professor at Concordia University in Mequon since 1996 until the present. I have continued to keenly observe Wendy’s ongoing engagement with the Mequon-Thiensville community, especially her nine years of service on the School Board. She brings thoughtful, well-reasoned leadership to the board, advocacy for all district students and teachers and truly listens to all community citizens and stakeholders. Wendy Francour strongly deserves your vote and re-election to the Mequon-Thiensville School Board.

Michael J. Dietz Hancock

Francour is needed on the M-T School Board

To the editor: The governance of the Mequon Thiensville School District is not easy work. Its excellence is hard-earned and has been years in the making. While the authors of that excellence are many, the tenacity of our school board has been fundamental to all that has been achieved. In particular, the board has been steadfast in maintaining the strategic focus needed to recover from the impact of COVID. The board has also been a steward of the pivotal “Seven Milestones for Post-Secondary Success,” which is the district’s strategy to ensure constant improvement in student proficiency.

Wendy Francour has been serving our community as a board member for nine-plus years and is running for re-election. As the timeless maxim says: “there’s no substitute for experience.” The institutional knowledge that she has gained is an invaluable resource for all of us. We can be grateful that she’s volunteering to apply that knowledge in another term of duty. Board service requires selflessness and thick skin. Wendy has proven to possess both, in abundance. We are blessed to have her doing the hard work of MTSD governance. Please join me in voting to re-elect Wendy Francour to the MTSD board on April 4th.

Jack Rooney Mequon

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