School Board Incumbent Candidate
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Chad Schraufnagel, I have lived in Oconomowoc for the past 9 when I met my wife Carolyn Whittaker and I have 3 great step-children who are all students in the OASD. I graduated from Lomira High School in1990 and built prefabricated homes or Wickes Lumber for a year after high school. I then worked at Quad Graphics from 1993-1997 in the Chemical Research/Technology Division. I returned to UW-Oshkosh in 1997 and graduated with a BSE in Broadfield Social Science and a minor in History. I have over 21 years of experience in education with the last 16 years as administrator in Lake Geneva, Hustisford, and Waukesha.
From 1993-1998 I was a varsity football coach at Lomira High School and then I had the opportunity to join the UW-Oshkosh football coaching staff coaching Tight Ends and Tackles from 199-2001. It was a great opportunity to be able to help teach players a great game that also provides so very many life lesson.
In my free time, I enjoy waterfowl and pheasant hunting, spending time with my family boating on Okauchee Lake, and spending time with my Carolyn and the kids.
Why are you running for School Board?
I was appointed to the school board in September after 3 members resigned. I applied to be on the school board to bring stability to the board, to follow through on the referendum promise of selling the old Meadow View, help with the selection of a new Superintendent of Schools, making sure that our school district is financially viable into the future to continue to provide the best education for all students, and finally making sure that we have a curriculum that is rigorous and accessible to all students and that does not only present one side of things.
Since being appointed I have been able to follow through on the things I have mentioned and there is still work to be done. I believe my experience in education administration has been an asset to the board.
Provide some details on your involvement in the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) over the past 2 years.
I am current member of the OASD board of Education in September of 2021. In the past I have helped at my children’s school events, as well as participating in other school functions such as OPEF. In 2020 I was a candidate for the board of education but was not elected at that time.
What is the OASD doing well?
We are doing the following things well: We have many opportunities for all students of all backgrounds, abilities, interests and such. Our facilities were upgraded with the past referendum and we are continuing to look at our building needs with an upcoming long range facilities study that will help provide us direction. We are in the 3rd year of a strategic plan and now that we have hired our new Superintendent of Schools we will regain momentum back on our plan. We are also currently working on an Athletic Strategic Plan with community to see how we can continue to grow in our extra and co-curricular areas. Finally, the board of education is operating a functional body that uses policy and governance as our guide. There are no members of the board of education that have a “pet” project. The board is collaborative and effective and we are out of the news and are no longer considered “toxic”. There are doing very good in a large number of areas, but there is always work to do to make us even better.
What are the biggest issues facing the OASD and how do you plan on addressing them if elected?
The biggest issues facing the OASD are declining enrollment, long range facilities planning, selling the Old Meadow View, ensuring fiscal responsibility, employee retention, and continuing to provide educational opportunities for all students.
As a current board we are looking into the causes as to why students open enroll out of our district and to how we can become the district of choice, this can tie into the long-range facilities planning study will gives us a clear direction of what needs to be prioritized for upgrading of our facilities, we can attract students due to our facilities and programming that we offer. All of the things I listed are interconnected to providing long term stability to the school district. If we can continue to show that we are a school district that is a great place for student achievement in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the performing arts, in our clubs and other areas we will be the regional school of choice for a lot of people.
How do we do this, if elected I will continue to work with the other board members on the moment we have developed with our current board make up to ensure that we are a focused school district that growing and providing a return on investment to all members of the Oconomowoc Area School District.
Our values are centered around fiscal responsibility, academic achievement, equality of opportunity – not necessarily outcome, teaching how to think – not what to think, strong community engagement, personal accountability, and school pride. How would you help support these values as an elected member of the OASD?
As a current member of the board of education all of the things that are listed in this question I am currently doing on the board of education. In the previous questions I have touched on these areas and believe that I have helped move the school district in a positive direction that is far away from the 3 members who resigned from the board in August. I stand by my record on the board of education and look forward to continuing to represent the community.
Why should I vote for you?
In answering all of the questions, voters should have a clear idea of where I stand on many things. I stepped up to fill a void on our board of education with 3 members quit. We have been out of the news cycle for months, we kept schools open and kids were in classes. We have come out of the pandemic as a school system and are now focusing on moving the district forward based on policy and governance not on pet projects like past board members tried to do. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the Oconomowoc Areas School District!