School Board Elections Nov. 5
The Idaho Legislature made a change to school board elections. For many years, school board elections were held in May. The Legislature shifted the elections to November of the odd numbered years. The first election under this change will be Tuesday, Nov. 5. Also on the ballot will be City Council races.
Our school district is divided into five zones represented by trustees elected from those zones. In November, three positions are up for election with two races contested.
Below is information about the candidates. We asked candidates to provide a bio and photo and are updating the site as information is received. See more information below:ZONE 2
Zone 2 - Manuel J. Godina
Zone 2 - Daniel KenerZONE 3
Zone 3 - Travis Manning, Incumbent, Facebook
"My wife, Ann, and I and our three children are proud to say we have lived here in Caldwell going on 15 years. All three of our children attend Caldwell Public Schools and adore their teachers. I teach high school English and Public Speaking in a neighboring district, where I have also coached wrestling and advised student media and other clubs.
We chose to raise our family in Caldwell because of the small-town feel, but with many of the large-city amenities. Ann has worked for many years on the Caldwell Bikeways and Pathways Committee. Our family regularly serves our faith community. We are strongly committed to building up the people of Caldwell, whoever they may be, and working to make sure we all do a better job of supporting our Latino brothers and sisters. We love you! And we love living in Idaho where there is an emphasis on family, faith, the outdoors, and independence.
The Caldwell School District continues to make great strides on many fronts. But we’re not there yet. I appreciate the opportunity to continue as trustee for another term in this great city.
We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
ZONE 2 - TWO CANDIDATES
I've had the privilege of coaching girls fastpitch softball for many years in our community. As a coach I got to see local students grow as athletes and as people. I'm dedicated to this great community and want to help Caldwell's schools prepare our kids to achieve their goals no matter what they are. Great schools need great teachers. Together we can ensure their success. I am proud to say the Caldwell Education Association unanimously voted to endorse me to be your next school board trustee."
"Dan Kener is a driven individual that believes strongly in his family and his community. Dan and his wife, Dana, have lived in Caldwell for the past twenty-four years where they raised their 2 children. Dan graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Science. He has worked in the Ag-Retail business for 27 years, 24 of those with the same company. Dan and Dana also work together at their business, DNDKENER Farms, digging in the dirt to earn a little money for the future.
Dan believes that education is important and that all of our children deserve a quality education along with opportunities and experiences that will help students be prepared to become contributors in our community. He knows the importance of giving back and volunteering to make sure the youth in our community have the same the opportunities we enjoyed. Dan also understands many of the challenges teachers face today as Dana is an educator in a neighboring school district."
Zone 4 - Andrew Butler FACEBOOK
"I was born and raised in Massachusetts where I observed what true commitment to education looks like. I met my wife, Rachel, while we attended and graduated from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. We decided to make Caldwell our home five years ago and have loved every moment. We have four amazing children, three of whom attend Caldwell schools while our youngest will start kindergarten in two years. I’m a third-generation custom cabinet maker and work for a local furniture maker in downtown Caldwell. Since moving here, I have served in various leadership roles as a soccer coach and as a Cub Scout leader.
As a trustee I will focus on educational funding, building vocational acuity to close the skills gap we see in our area, and building a culture to attract and retain our great teachers.
As Caldwell strives to be a family-oriented community, the schools take on a critical role. Our young people are our investment in the future. Creating the best learning environment, with the highest and best use of available resources take out of the box thinking and the kind of problem-solving skills that I bring to the table."
Zone 4 - Charles Stout, Incumbent
"Caldwell has been home since my early childhood and my wife and I raised our family in this community. All three children graduated from Caldwell High School and the College of Idaho, with two of them currently employed in education.
In 1976 I started my business career in the Building Materials Industry in Caldwell and have continued in that trade throughout the Treasure Valley. In 2011 I was elected to the School Board and have worked hard to ensure that all Caldwell students have the opportunity to pursue that their interests and obtain a solid educational foundation.
I also serve on the Board of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity (CFEO) and my family and I sponsor a student scholarship annually.
I believe that stability in our District, at all levels, is the key to excellence."