2022 Esko School Board candidate: Maggie Sunnarborg
"I chose to run again because I care about our community, our faculty, staff and our students. Education has been my passion my entire career," Sunnarborg writes.
Editor's note: This questionnaire was edited for grammar and style.
Background: I am a wife, mother, grandmother, church member and community volunteer.
Occupation: I was the Family & Consumer Science teacher in Esko for 36 years before retiring in 2010.
Previous experience in elected office: It has been my honor to serve on the Esko School Board for the last 12 years.
Why are you running for office?
I chose to run again because I care about our community, our faculty, staff and our students. Education has been my passion my entire career.
I believe as a woman, teacher, parent and current grandparent of kids in the Esko School that I bring a valuable perspective to the school board.
What are the biggest challenges you see facing the community?
The biggest issue we face today is school safety. This issue weighs on our minds with every decision we make. As a board member, I have been an advocate for safety audits, which we do regularly . We are working on a long range facility plan that puts school safety at the forefront. We have recently updated all school entrances so they adhere to the highest safety standard. I would also encourage parents, staff, faculty and students to come forward when they see a safety concern. I would love to hear from you!
If elected, how would you work to address those issues?
As I mentioned, we are currently working on a long range facility plan that will put school safety at the forefront.
What successes do you hope to build on if elected?
We need to continue to improve, learn and grow. Esko educates all students very well. Starting from a very young age, we organize, facilitate and host some of the best academic and extracurricular activities in Northeastern Minnesota; and that is a testament to the faculty and staff we hire. Upon graduation our students are prepared for life outside of the classroom.