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New school board member champions for parent involvement
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
January 02, 2013 11:46 AM | 1863 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston<br>New Douglas County School Board member Carol Lindstrom stands in front of the school system offices on Hwy. 5.
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Although Carol Lindstrom already has two children of her own, she has come to consider all children in the Douglas County School System as “my child.”

“When I started being involved in PTA in my children’s school,” said Lindstrom, “and during the course of being in the school, every child became ‘my child.’

“Now, every child in every school is ‘my child’ and I am involved in making sure each child receives the best education possible.”

The newly sworn-in school board member succeeds Michael Miller, who did not seek re-election, in the District 1 seat.

Lindstrom ran for the post with the platform “Positive Progress.” By that, she stressed having a safe, orderly school environment; encouraging more students to stay in school and finding the right fit for their future; and maintaining better communication with parents.

She also encourages keeping a critical eye on how tax dollars are handled and being spent and having a positive outlook with a proactive thought process.

Her ultimate goal, however, is to help build a premier school system in Douglas County.

The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native moved to Douglas County in 1991, where she lives with her husband, Tim, and two children, both students at Chestnut Log Middle School.

She is a member of Leadership Douglas Class of 2013 and president-elect of the Douglas County Kiwanis Club.

Lindstrom also has been active in the Douglas County Republican Party for the past three years.

Her journey to the school board was several years in the making, fueled by a desire to make public education for her children the best it could be.

“Every child can excel in public school if parents are involved.,” said Lindstrom.

Her involvement with PTA, first on a local school and county level, eventually led to a district treasurer role, which led her away from direct involvement in her home community.

“I wanted to get back to involvement at home, so it was a natural progression for me to run for school board, in order to help build stronger schools,” she said.

In her role with PTA, Lindstrom championed the cause for more parent involvement in their children’s education.

She plans to champion this further as a school board member.

“We have the best teachers, the best staff and best administrators,” she explained, “but what you see in the very best schools is parent involvement.”

Lindstrom added, “You can have the most welcoming administrators and encouraging teachers, but without the core of parents, it can be more challenging. Everyone needs to work as a team.”
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