Meet the Board of Education Candidates: Joe Kraft

Joe Kraft

My name is Joe Kraft and I am a candidate for Westlake School Board. My wife, Jacki, and I have been married over 22 years. We have lived in Westlake with our three sons since 1999. All three sons have been through Westlake City Schools, kindergarten through grade 12. What a wonderful experience for them and their parents! I want such an experience to continue for all. 

I have been encouraged by many including my pastor to bring about positive change. Now seems to be the right time as my sons grow older and my life experiences lead me in the direction of school board. Those experiences include that of a director at a private, national, financial firm. As fiduciary and financial advisor, I review the balance sheets and budgets of corporations, foundations and families. I can do the same for the schools. 

I serve on the boards of two northeast Ohio non-profits. I know how to work hard and further these organizations. I can do this for the schools. My experience with my sons has allowed me to witness school programming including general, gifted and special needs instruction. This program knowledge will help me further the district. 

My plans once on the board include those to build community, to better communicate, to steward school capital and to further programming. I look forward to sharing my ideas related to these goals. I look forward to listening to Westlake citizens – all of them – as the best ideas come from them.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:46 AM, 10.06.2015