I'm Anne Becker and I am running for the Rochester School Board. Minnesota has been my home for my whole life: I was born and raised in Winona and moved to Rochester in 1988 where I now live with my husband and our three children. Next year we will have a freshman at Century High School, a 7th grader at Kellogg Middle School, and a 3rd grader at Gage Elementary. Our youngest has Down syndrome and participates in the special education program at Gage. I have a degree in finance from The University of Iowa and a Computer Information Systems degree from Winona State University. I have experience in both accounting and software development. I am running because we must prepare our students to be competitive in this global economy. The current school board is not effectively serving the students, staff or the community. The district is asking for a lot more money. I am opposed to this. We must live within our means. Finally, we as a city need to discuss what our world-class education will look like. I believe if we are creative and focus on our k-12 students, we will achieve the results we are looking for. I'm Anne Becker and I ask for your vote on August 10, School Board Seat #6. Thank you.