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Candidate Q&A: Jay Krause for Brighton Area Schools Board of Education

Jay Krause seeks re-election to the Brighton School Board in November.

Jay Krause is one of four candidates competing for two open seats on the Brighton Board of Education. Continue following Brighton Patch this week for more school board election coverage.

Family

Wife, Michelle; Son, Jay – a junior at Concordia University and Daughter, Martha – a senior at BHS.

Education

Western New England University, Springfield MA – BSBA
United States Army Command and General Staff College
Defense Acquisition University, Norfolk VA

Employment

Henniges Automotive – Fiat/Chrysler Global Business Unit Director
Lieutenant Colonel (retired), United States Army

What groups/organizations are you involved with in the community?

Treasurer – Brighton Area Schools, Board of Education
Chairman – Southeast Livingston County Recreation Authority (SELCRA) Charitable Foundation
Life Member VFW Post 4357
Worship Team Member – 242 Community Church

Why are you running for office and what relevant qualities/skills would you bring to the position?

As a current board member, I believe it is critical maintain the momentum generated over the last few years (balanced budgets, and reduction of the debt). The taxpayers have entrusted the district with a significant amount of money with the approval of the Bond, and I want to make sure the money is spent wisely and as promised.

What are the top three priority issues the School Board should address and what actions would you, as an elected official, take to address them?

Since the Board of Education is a policy making organization not an operational organization the specific actions I would take lean towards providing the guidance, direction and support to our Superintendent and Administration, allowing them to execute the operations of the district. As a district I believe our top priorities are:

  1. Pay off the debt.
  2. Execute the bond by putting the best interests of our students, taxpayers and community first.
  3. Build up the fund equity to a level that gives the district the flexibility to manage their finances more efficiently.

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