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.

David Battaglia
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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.

"I’m running for school board because we need change. We need members of the school board making decisions first and foremost for our students, then our staff," Jamie Graham writes.
"My goal as a school board member has been, and will continue to be, to encourage transparency; advocate for students, families and staff; and to engage in courageous conversations," writes Gary 'Hawk' Huard.
"I want to help out. All three of my kids attended and graduated from Cloquet and are all successful in their fields because of the first-class education they received here. I want to help provide the same thing to every child in Cloquet," Ted Lammi writes.
"Representation is important to me," writes Sarah Plante Buhs. "There’s only one woman on the school board currently and two women in school administration, with over 75% of the staff being women. With more diversity in all areas of our school, I believe we can make better decisions for our district’s staff and students."

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.

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