Candidate Profile: Brian Bock For Greendale School Board

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GREENDALE, WI— The 2022 election is heating up in Wisconsin and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Voters will decide the outcome of state representative and senate seats, plus local government and school boards.

Patch asked the candidates for the Greendale School Board, which will have a primary vote on Feb. 15, to answer questions about their campaigns.

Brian Bock

Age (as of Election Day)

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38

Position sought (including ward or district number if applicable)

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Greendale Village School Board

Party Affiliation

This is a non-partisan position.

Family

Married with two daughters attending in 3rd & 5th grade in the Greendale schools.

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

No

Education

Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from UW-Madison, Bachelor of Science in Biology & Chemistry from Valparaiso University

Occupation

Pharmacy Manager, Registered Pharmacist (10 years experience)

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office

None

Campaign website

Brianbockforgsdschoolboard.com

Why are you seeking elective office?

I cherish being part of the Greendale community. I want to continue the good work already happening to improve Greendale Schools. I would be honored to be part of the process ensuring the continued educational success of Greendale’s students. Education has always been important to my family. My mother was a teacher for over 40 years. My father was a minister who was always reading. All our children deserve the best education possible to optimize their success in their future careers. This is a goal that everyone can agree on!

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

The biggest issue with our district and board currently is we are not having effective dialogue with the community or within the board itself. As a healthcare worker, it is essential I listen to the patient and help guide their therapy for the best outcome. Listening to and coordinating with others is a skill I will bring to the board. I guarantee to listen to all members of the community and make a decision for the best outcome for the students of Greendale.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

The biggest difference between me and all other candidates is my drive to fully understand an issue from all sides. Fully understanding an issue means making sure I am actively listening to experts in the field in question, input from the community and input from the administration and teachers. After hearing all the input, I would use the information given to make the best decision for the students of Greendale and our community.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)

The current board has struggled to be proactive in dealing with the pandemic and our schools. The reactive approach has led to frustration from all sides. In addition, parents have had to deal with constantly changing guidelines which has made childcare and work/life balance difficult. I believe all of these issue could have been prevented by a comprehensive plan for masking and unmasking, set at the beginning of the year in August. Metrics should have been voted on earlier in the year. The current board decisions have been confusing and have hurt the earning power of our Greendale families.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

The main issues of my platform are:

  • Continuing the high scholastic achievement of Greendale’s students, and advancing English, Math, and Science skills. I believe our schools should prepare students for any career path, college, trade, or job. A keen eye is needed to make sure we serve the needs of all students.
  • Working to partner with local businesses to create more student apprenticeship opportunities for the High School students and ability to travel to the site.
  • Build open communication between the Board and the Community. Current times are tough, there are not enough hours in a day for parents, between attending sporting events, family commitments, work, PTA meetings, school functions, or Village Meetings. School Board meetings are important to parents. When you have to make a trade off, these important meetings are missed to care for more immediate concerns. I would like to see the School Board meeting notes summarized, published, and distributed via multiple platforms within 72 hours of the completion of a meeting. School Board meetings aren’t just for parents. Students, teachers, homeowners and community members are all impacted by decisions made by the School Board.
  • The Greendale School District has made improvements by getting more technology in the schools. I want to make sure we are getting the technology the teachers need and can use. While virtual learning has shown many new opportunities for use of technology, we also need technology for in-person instruction.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

As a pharmacy manager, how I take care of people matters. My care is how patients determine who they come to for pharmacy needs. I pride myself in listening, understanding, and providing the best care I can. I have see a steady growth in patient numbers at every location I have ever managed. In addition to patient care, I have to help maintain a balanced budget and staff.

My involvement in regards to finances, I have two major non-profits I serve, my church and the Racine County YMCA. I have helped oversee and manage the budget of my church and helped launch a fundraising campaign (~$3 million dollar goal) for upgrading our facilities with great success. As a non-profit, it is essential the YMCA Board makes sure there is a balanced, working, multi-million dollar budget. The YMCA Board partners with and reviews the work of the CEO to make sure the right decisions are being made within the budget. It is essential the budgets are not just reviewed for the current year, but also with a plan to the future while reviewing the past successes and failures.

While I was National Vice-President for the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, I completed a redistricting of all the chapters into the current 21 section format. This redistricting allowed for a greater sharing of workload among the volunteer section coordinators, allowing for more support for the chapters.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

“Don’t ever let one test define you.” – Calvin Behrens, my high school guidance counselor.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am an avid movie movie watcher/collector and book reader. I love to dive into many different genres of movies and I am always looking for a great film. No matter what, I will stop everything to watch a new Ryan Reynolds or Leonardo DiCaprio movie. For books, I currently have four on my reading list. The first is a book by a great gentleman and local leader Pardeep Kaleka and his friend Arno Michaels, The Gift of our Wounds. My other books are Formula for Fortune by Ann Abrams, The Chief’s Chief by Mark Meadows, and lastly The Judge’s List by John Grisham. I mention my favorite activities because in our current climate where family, pandemic, and work stress can take over- I have found a way to remain balanced, focused, and curious. Always looking to the future and moving forward. Being able to separate myself from the daily stress is helpful in refocusing my energy and seeing the positives in our community.

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