Greendale — Incumbent Victoria McCormick will run against resident Amy Ali for the open School Board seat April 1.
McCormick was first elected to the School Board in 1998; she has served as the board's clerk, president and vice president and currently serves as its secretary.
While on the board, she has served on the Policy, Strategic Planning, and Negotiations committees and been a delegate for the Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 1 and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. She was elected the CESA #1 treasurer in 2013.
"I bring a lot of experience to the board, and I would like to continue (the board's) progress toward improvement and keeping the children in the center of our goals," McCormick said.
She is especially proud of her role in the district's adoption of five strategic goals that focus on personalizing learning and maximizing achievement, respect and supporting diversity, developing skills and character, providing equitable technology, and practicing fiscal responsibility.
"We've have had a very successful school district, and we've really taken a great emphasis (on those goals)," she said. "At this time, stability is important on the board" to keep that momentum going.
McCormick has been a Greendale resident since 1986. Her five children all graduated from the Greendale School District. She works as a sales consultant for Cornerstone Development of Southeast Wisconsin after spending more than 20 years in nursing and hospital administration.
Ali, a Greendale resident for 14 years, said she has been involved in education all her life.
The daughter of a school teacher and mother of three Greendale School District students, Ali has participated in multiple community events and organizations. She is a member of the Greendale Student Wellness Policy Review team, Parent Advisory Committee, Food/Lunch Committee and the Citizens Budget Committee of Greendale. She was formerly the secretary for the Highland View Elementary PTO.
"I know a lot of the (district's) administrators, Village Board members and a lot of people in the village," Ali said.
This will be Ali's third attempt at getting on the board.
"With my young children, I know a lot about the issues on the elementary school level," she said. "I think the board has done a fantastic job, but I think it's always good to bring in a new pair of eyes. I have fresh ideas and a fresh perspective."
One of those ideas is to assist high school seniors with their college applications during the school's zero period.
"If you don't have a child that has the initative to (apply early), it's nerve-wracking for the parents," she said. "For those seniors applying to college, zero period would be a good use of their time."
If elected, Ali said, she plans to only serve one or two terms, for the very reason she's running now: to keep the board fresh.
She has a website at www.amy4greendale.com.
WHAT: Greendale School Board candidate forum
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 26
WHERE: courtroom in the Greendale Safety Center, 5911 W. Grange Ave.
ORGANIZERS: Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County