To the Editor: BG man backs Knape for school board
Written by Louie Staeble   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:08
I have known Steve Knape for several years and have had the opportunity to have numerous discussions with him on many topics. Steve brings several excellent qualities to the table that make him an excellent choice for the Bowling Green School Board.
Steve's experience as a pastor has honed his skills in listening empathetically yet being able to fully explain opposing positions, including his own. In the past, I have had the opportunity to spring some tough questions on Steve about education in Bowling Green. Every time, he has asked pointed questions, carefully considered all sides of the issue, and drawn a reasoned conclusion.
BG schools are at a critical point financially. Steve can infuse fresh blood and a unique insight into these complexities. He has experience in working on nonprofit boards, including leadership positions on several. This experience gives him a complete understanding of the demands and requirements of serving on a board such as the Board of Education. Currently, he is completing a degree in Management and Leadership, and if any organization could use some expertise in these areas, the schools, especially the BG school district, is it.
Finally, as the only candidate who currently has a child in the BG schools (and he is currently in this third year as president of the Conneaut PTO), Steve has first-hand knowledge of how the current circumstances of the BG City Schools are affecting students and teachers and families and can bring that insight to bear on the challenging decisions the school board will have to make in the upcoming months and years.
Please make Steven Knape one of your two choices for Board of Education in next month's election.
Louie Staeble
Bowling Green

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