Ruth Nelson, a longtime Brainerd School District volunteer and supporter, filed Monday for the Brainerd School Board.
Nelson, 47, East Gull Lake, ran for school board in 2003, coming in fourth for the three four-year terms that expired on the board. Nelson said during her previous campaign she visited administrators and teachers at all Brainerd schools and was impressed with what she saw.
"I think we have a great school district and great teachers and I'd like to be a part of it," said Nelson.
Ruth Nelson filed Monday.
Nelson and her husband, Chuck, have two sons, Sam, who will be an eighth-grader at Forestview Middle School, and Tim, who will be a fifth-grader at Forestview.
She has been active on the parent-teacher associations at Washington Middle School and Nisswa Elementary School and is past president of the Nisswa PTA. Nelson recently served on the district's long-range planning committee and has been a representative on the district advisory committee. For three years she has been a Math Masters coach at Nisswa and Washington schools and has volunteered often within the school district.
"I've enjoyed all of these opportunities and I think one of the most important things we can do is educate our children well," she said. "My background in management and my school involvement combine to give me the experience needed to make good decisions for the district."
Nelson is president of the church council at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. She currently performs public relations work on a freelance basis for Atomic Learning in Little Falls, a company that provides online tutorials that are focused on teaching people how to use specific computer software.
Nelson has a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in business and has 11 years of management and marketing experience in the Twin Cities.
When she and her husband moved to the Brainerd lakes area 13 years ago, it was important for them to move into a strong school district, such as the Brainerd School District.
"Overall our school district is rated as one of the best in the state so obviously we are doing many things well," said Nelson.
Nelson said the district did a good job communicating with the public during the recent budget cuts. Communication with residents is very important whenever change occurs in a school district, said Nelson. She believes there will continue to be a lot of change during the next few years. Communication is one of her key concerns as the school board makes these decisions.
Filings for three four-year terms now up for election on the school board will be open until 5 p.m. July 19. Those seats are now occupied by Bob Nystrom and Lew Hudson, who both last week filed for re-election; and Bernie Roberts.
JODIE TWEED can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5858.
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