Larson, Laskowski advance

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The primary for Germantown School Board became unusually heated thanks to some online forums and partisan disagreements.

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Germantown, WI

#1 Feb 23, 2012
Larson Backs Out of School Board Forum;
Laskowski Questions Opponent’s Motives, Qualifications

Lisa Laskowski, a candidate for Germantown Board of Education At Large Seat #1 today expressed deep disappointment after learning that her challenger, Sarah Larson, had abruptly withdrawn from a candidates’ forum scheduled for March 14th at the Germantown Community Library.

Larson says she’s backing away from the pre-election question-and-answer session because she doesn’t expect it to be a positive experience for her, and because Germantown Police will be on hand to insure decorum at the public event. In a statement issued late Thursday, Larson said she objects to the police presence because it isn’t a fiscally responsible use of village resources.

“Police maintain order all the time,” said Laskowski.“It’s the very nature of their job. They’ve been on hand for years at parades, public meetings, and sporting events, and it’s awfully strange that Sarah Larson has never objected to their presence before.”

Laskowski, calls her opponent’s excuse a transparent ruse, and charges that Larson is actually shying away from the forum because she’s unprepared to discuss key issues in the campaign.

Laskowski, says Larson’s campaign rhetoric tends be monotone, typically centering on her desire cut school staff, programming and employee benefits. She adds that Larson’s abrupt withdrawal from the forum strongly suggests her opponent lacks the knowledge and presence required to respond to questions on a broader range of issues.

Laskowski says Larson’s decision to run her campaign from outside the public eye speaks volumes about her commitment to transparency in government, and should appropriately cause Larson supporters to reevaluate their preferred candidate.

“The people of this community want leaders,” said Laskowski,“They deserve someone who isn’t afraid of public scrutiny, and won’t shrink from sight when controversial issues are on the table.”

Laskowski says she will continue to prepare for the forum, and intends to be on hand March 14th, along with the candidates for two other seats on the board.
Grant W Moen

Burlington, WI

#2 Mar 9, 2012
Oh, borther! How can Germantown voters put their trust, let alone their tax dollars, in the hands of someone who won't even appear in public to say what she believes in? I suspect Mrs. Larson would have been sounldly defeated had she announced her dicision to sidestep a discussion of the issues before the primary -- and rightly so. Her decision to let voters believe she would participate in the forum until after the primary vote, smacks of a clear-cut case of deception.
Nobody is buying Larson's flimsy excuses. If she objects to a police presence at the forum, perhaps that's because it would, for once, force the disorderly rabble who follow her to behave themselves. Moreover, the excuse that she doesn't expect a "positive experience," is downright silly. If Sarah Larson craves adulation, she should go to a pep rally. If she wants to do public service, she should expect to take some flack!
Grant W Moen

Germantown, WI

#3 Mar 15, 2012
For Immediate Use
Contact: Lisa Laskowski
March 13, 2012
Laskowski Gains Endorsement of Former Rival
(Germantown, WI) Lisa Laskowski’s campaign for Germantown Board of Education At Large Seat #1 received an unexpected boost today when she received the formal endorsement of her rival in the February 21 primary election.
In a letter to friends and supporters, Christina Wolf-Lang praised Laskowski’s skills and experience, but was sharply critical of top vote-getter Sarah Larson, who will face Laskowski in the April 3rd the general election.
Wolf-Lang, who was eliminated following a disappointing third place finish in last month’s runoff, noted that Laskowski has demonstrated the ability to make sound, fact-based fiscal decisions by profitably operating a small consulting business, even during lean economic times.
Calling Laskowski “the best fit for the job,” Wolf-Lang commended her former opponent for her volunteer work at Germantown’s Amy Belle School, and for her leadership role in a wide range of extra-curricular programs and activities.
Wolf-Lang was less flattering, however, in her treatment of Larson, whom she says lacks experience and promotes a disruptive, partisan agenda designed to punish teachers and other district employees.
“What Larson proposes, will effectively destroy many of the great things our top-performing district has accomplished, and will ultimately hurt our children’s educational futures.” Wolf-Lang said Monday.“It is important we elect someone who will put children ahead of political views and ideologies.”
Wolf-Lang says she’s especially concerned that Larson’s demands for cuts in teacher salaries and benefits may send the district’s top educators scrambling for jobs in neighboring communities where they can expect better treatment and pay. According to Wolf-Lang, Germantown teachers’ salaries already rank among the lowest in 45 southeastern Wisconsin school districts and cannot be further reduced.“The starting salary for a bachelor’s level teacher,” she said,“is lower than most factory workers or non-degreed office workers.”
Wolf-Lang also blasted Larson for withdrawing from a public forum intended to give voters an opportunity to “interview” school board candidates. She also charged that Larson has deceived voters with false promises of property tax relief.“If you look at the facts,” she said,“any adjustment in the school tax levy is quite impossible, because we have a $2 million deficit to overcome in each of the next few years.”
Laskowski says she is grateful for Wolf-Lang’s endorsement and welcomes her supporters into her camp.“Chris and I have many similar views on education and its overall relevance to the community,” she said.“Together we can preserve the quality of education in our community, and provide taxpayers with the greatest possible return for their school dollar.”
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