Thank you!

I wanted to send a big thank you to everyone who voted for me, and a big thanks to all the candidates, and all the voters, for participating in this School Board election.  There are many schools, groups, communities, and residents in our district, and I was elected to represent every one of you.

There are many people to thank for helping me in my effort.  First, my wife who put up with me being gone so much over the past two and a half  months, and my children who were roped into literature distribution and who had to deal with all of their friends asking questions about me.

I would like to thank my friend Patrick Stuart for his strategy insights and his video skills, tech skills, and steady hand, without whom I would have made many more mistakes than I did.

I would like to thank my friends who knocked on doors, distributed literature, emailed and told their friends about me, put up signs, and who were so instrumental in getting my name out there.

I would like to thank the organizations and elected officials who publicly supported me.  And I would like to thank those who donated to my campaign, because signs, literature and facebook ads do not grow on trees.

The election was the easy part.  Now we have plenty of work to do.  I look forward to working with the current board members, my newly elected colleagues, and with the Administration and Teachers.  Most importantly, I look forward to working with and hearing from you, the residents of our District.  As I have said many times, I will listen.

Again, thank you for your support.

CEPAC Candidate Forum

On October 24th The Community Education Program of District 279 held a candidate forum for all 10 candidates for school board.  Here are my opening remarks, answers to six questions, and my closing remarks. To see additional videos please visit my YouTube channel OstaffeFor279.  Please vote for me, Mike Ostaffe, on or before November 8th.  Thank you.

Questions and Answers

Below is a video compilation of my answers during  the Osseo District 279 School Board Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce.

I was asked the following 11 questions during the Candidate Forum last Thursday.

1) Please tell us about your background and previous school district involvement that support your candidacy for this position.

2) Do you feel the district is doing a good job of educating it’s students and preparing them for post-secondary education or for entry into the workforce?  Why or why not?

3) Do you believe District #279 is performing well in closing the achievement gap, and if not, what do you propose to enhance that effort?

4) Recent demonstration programs and evaluation show that it takes more than just the schools to assure the success of children.  It takes a collaboration of schools, the community, and families.  What can school board members do to develop and enhance this collaboration?

5) I live in District 279 but do not have school age children.  What would you like me, as a voter, to know about the district.

6) What is your primary reason for running for the Osseo School board?

7) Do you think Osseo Schools are safe?  Why or why not?  What school safety proposals do you have to present?

8) What proposals do you have to address the current teacher shortage, especially for the shortage of substitute teachers

9) Academic achievement is poor in several of our schools.  What proven measures do you support to increase academic achievement.

10) Do you support the District’s current racial equity plan.  If yes, why?  If no, why not?

11) For which children do you think the state should provide early childhood education to?

CLOSING QUESTION: In summary, how do you intend to best serve the School District and move it forward?

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Taxpayer Money

I understand that every tax dollar taken from district residents has to be earned through good financial and strategic planning, rational decision making, and measurable and proven outcomes.

Taxpayer money has to be spent wisely on educational and administrative programs that promote achievement for all students and which support a professional and rewarding working environment for all of our teachers and educational staff.

We can not rush into supporting the latest educational craze of the month, especially when so many of them are not supported by compelling research data.

The long term success of our children, and of the district, can not be built on an ever shifting foundation.

I pledge to work with all stakeholders to understand the issues, gather the data, and develop and implement solutions that are educationally AND cost effective.

I ask for your vote in November


My skills and background make me the right choice choice to represent the residents of Osseo District 279.  Please take 69 seconds and watch me explain why.  After you are done, please follow me on facebook at Ostaffefor279 and on twitter @Ostaffefor279.  Like, Share, and Follow to help me get my message out.  I ask for your vote in November.  Thank you.