Kara Hines, a 15 year resident of Madison with two daughters currently attending MHS and MJS, has announced her candidacy for the Madison Board of Education. 

 

Kara has been an active school and community volunteer since 2011.  She has coached Madison recreation softball and travel soccer for several years, has regularly served as a class parent, as a PTO BOE liaison, and co-chaired numerous school fundraisers including the first all-elementary school Adult Social, the annual TJS Adult Social and began the Back to School party.  She was TJS PTO President from 2016-17 and currently serves as an MJSAO VP.  These experiences have led Kara to believe that the strength and success of the Madison district requires a collaborative effort between our community, parents, teachers, administrators and board.  “My candidacy is focused first and foremost on our student’s best interest and well being and I believe my positive contributions in this role will improve transparency to strategy and the management of our budget and physical assets.”

 

An avid soccer player and collegiate athlete, her beliefs in constant communication, empowering others, and persistence was parlayed into successful careers at The Vanguard Group and as National Sales Managers for telecom and events companies. Most recently returning to work as a Realtor, she sees firsthand the impact a strong school system, and taxes has on incoming home buyers decision process.  “The district has made progress over the last ten years I’ve attended meetings, but the constant underlying pressures of budget, capital improvements and bridging the learning gap will be amplified with new challenges due to Covid-19.  My value add is in bringing solutions, clarity, while developing and executing plans.”

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At the forefront of Kara’s concerns is retaining talented human capital, making building improvements and most importantly, ensuring students social, emotional, and intellectual progress during these unprecedented times within an ever tightening budget.   Long term, Kara agrees with renowned educational consultant, Sir Ken Robinson’s credence in that our task is to educate the whole being to face the future. “The importance of allowing our children the ability to innovate, fail forward, learn beyond core is invaluable. The strength of our community depends upon a diversity of talent and this is what I hope to proactively incorporate within our district.” 

 

Kara enjoys connecting with her neighbors, if you have questions about her platform she can be reached at hines.boe@gmail.com or if you see her around town, she’s always approachable.