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Francour is vital to MTSD’s continued excellence

To the editor: I have known Wendy Francour since 1995. Our paths first crossed when I was a MTSD first grade teacher and Wendy was a parent volunteer. Wendy was instrumental in ensuring teachers were valued, appreciated and assisted. Relationships between teachers and parents are a critical component for all students to learn. Wendy understands this concept. She has continued to prioritize staff to be one of the district’s most valuable assets in achieving the district’s vision: “Each student, every time, empowered to succeed.” When I stopped teaching and became a fellow MTSD parent, Wendy encouraged me to get involved with the Mequon Thiensville Education Foundation. To this day, she and I continue to volunteer and attend school functions together. Wendy’s enthusiasm for public education is the heartbeat of why she has chosen to volunteer for the MTSD School Board. She is honest, trustworthy and approachable. Wendy is fiscally conservative and understands how the district’s budget operates. During her time on the board, Wendy has helped the district retain its Moody’s Aaa Bond Rating. Out of 421 Wisconsin school districts, MTSD is one of only three to receive this top rating! Wendy’s nearly three decades of involvement and experience in MTSD as a parent and volunteer, including the last nine pivotal years on the MTSD School Board, are vital in ensuring the district’s continued excellence and commitment to each child. On April 4, please vote to re-elect Wendy Francour for Mequon Thiensville School District Board of Education. Libby Baranko Mequon Francour deserves your vote for MT School Board 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, 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 reelection to the Mequon-Thiensville School Board. Michael Dietz Hancock

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