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CANDIDATE PROFILE – Sarah Frohlich, Kellogg School District Trustee, Zone 3

| October 20, 2023 1:00 AM

Full Name: Sarah E. Frohlich

Profession: Accounting/IT/HR

Highest level of education completed: College

Degrees and professional certifications: Business Management Major, Psychology Minor

Civic organization or nonprofit board service: Kellogg Rotary, Volunteer VFW, Women in Mining (WIM), former Board Member Mining Heritage Exhibition (MHE) in Wallace, and a member of the Mine Rescue Team at the Sunshine.

How long have you lived in Idaho and in your city? I’ve lived in Idaho for 15 years, in the Silver Valley for 13.

Marital Status: Married

Family: Three children Chloe Cleveland (Graduated KHS 2016) Luke Frohlich (Graduated KHS 2022) Benjamin Frohlich (Freshman at KHS)

  • What experience has prepared you for this office?

I have been in finance/accounting industry for over 28 years, the last 13 at Sunshine Mine. Throughout these years I have built teams, implemented new processes and procedures, successfully dealt with conflicts, managed audits, and been open to learning new skills. These skills and experience will be an asset as a Trustee.

  • What is the No. 1 issue/problem you believe you will face if elected, and how will you resolve it?

There are many items to be addressed. Two of the main ones are expanding transparency and enforcing accountability. Not only do the meetings need to be live-streamed, but materials for any topic discussed in regular sessions need to be distributed with adequate review time prior to the meetings. What is the point of having an open meeting if the audience – the taxpayers – do not know or have the supporting documentation behind topics and decisions? The Trustees need to speak in a volume the audience can hear; which will better allow them to be engaged in the process. Teachers, staff, and Trustees need to be accountable for enforcing policies, ensuring the approved curriculum is being taught and budgets are being adhered to. Teachers also need to be supported in their roles and receive the tools they need to be effective in their jobs.

  • What do you consider a top responsibility for the position you’re seeking?

Our children are the top priority and responsibility. Every decision needs to account for the betterment of the students and the proper use of taxpayer funds.

  • Why should voters choose you?

I am committed to ensuring our children obtain the highest quality education possible. According to the Idaho Department of Education, children in our district aren’t even meeting 50% proficiency in English, Math or Science (40.9%, 26.5% and 34.1% respectively). This should be a major concern for parents. These are the core essentials of education and necessary to being successful in life and yet less than 41% of our children are testing at grade level. I will ensure our teachers receive what they need to better prepare our students for adulthood.