2022 Cloquet School Board candidate: David Battaglia
"I want to continue lending a voice to keep Cloquet moving forward. I look to maintain Cloquet's quality education," writes David Battaglia.
Editor's note: This questionnaire was edited for grammar and style.
Family: Married with three children and nine grandchildren.
Occupation: Retired teacher/principal, spent 34 years in public education.
Previous Experience in elected office: Have served three terms on the Cloquet School Board.
Why are you running for office?
I feel my years on the school board have been productive ones; with significant improvements being made in district facilities and programs. I want to continue lending a voice to keep Cloquet moving forward. I look to maintain Cloquet's quality education.
What are the big challenges you see facing the community?
In my opinion, the budget is the number one issue facing our school district. Providing a top-quality education with limited dollars is a real challenge.
If elected, how would you work to address those issues?
We need to continue lobbying the state Legislature to improve the per pupil funding and better subsidize special education. At the same time, we need to be fiscally responsible with our money; carefully balancing our needs and our wants.
What successes do you hope to build on if elected?
If elected, I hope to continue investing in our facilities; making improvements district-wide when money allows.
I also want to continue investing in the programs our students need and want, such as College-in-the-Schools and our newly updated Career and Technical Education program.