LAKE MILLS — Amy Litscher and Melissa Roglitz-Walker are running for the Lake Mills Area School District Board of Education in the Tuesday, Feb. 18, primary election.
The seat is being vacated by Dr. Richard Mason, current board president.
Litscher and Roglitz-Walker’s names will be on the ballot along with that of Jim Williams, who has withdrawn his candidacy. The top two vote-getters will advance to the April general election.
Litscher said that she feels the district is going in a very positive direction.
“This is a credit to the current outstanding staff, administration, board, students, families and community support,” she said. “I am running because I want to serve. With upcoming changes and challenges, including population growth, funding issues and a new superintendent, I want to help steer decisions so that our schools continue to be ranked as one of the top academic districts in Wisconsin.”
Litscher is a parent of a Lake Mills Middle School fifth-grader and an L-Cat alumna.
“Throughout my years in school in Lake Mills and in my years at Beloit College, I was fortunate to participate in music, sports, drama, forensics, clubs and service activities,” she said.
Litscher owns Saga Environmental and Engineering, based in downtown Lake Mills. A member of the Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce, it is a sponsor of many Main Street events.
A member of the Lake Mills First Congregational United Church of Christ, Litscher is a member of the Lake Mills Rotary Club, in which she has served in various leadership roles, including committees that helped install playground equipment and (upcoming) batting cages at Lake Mills parks. Since 2014, she has coached and assisted Lake Mills youth teams. She previously was a member of the Lake Mills elementary School PTO and a volunteer assistant high school tennis coach.
“If elected, I will to do my best to learn about the issues as they arise to make the best-informed decisions possible, factoring in issues such as:
• “The need to value, compensate, support, and keep the excellent staff we currently have, while wisely using the public time and money.
• “The need to maintain security, while having school buildings be a community resource.
• “The need to serve students who live in safe and supportive homes, as well as those coming from other circumstances.
• “The need to serve students with wide array of academic, social skills, and language gifts and hurdles.
• “The need to meet high academic standards, along with supporting vital co-curricular activities.
• “Those about which I have yet to learn.”
Roglitz-Walker’s said that as a lifelong resident of the Lake Mills Area School District, she has watched the schools evolve into beacons of inspiration to other districts and communities.
“The district has adopted best practices, hired talented staff and built state-of-the art buildings,” she said. “The staff, administration and school board have been collectively creative in strategic problemsolving when budgets have run short and needs have run high. The district has developed essential partnerships with community organizations to ensure children’s unmet needs become met. And this — all of this — has been accomplished because our children’s best interests were always the impetus for action.”
The candidate said she is seeking public office because she wants to ensure that the district carries on that tradition of striving for educational excellence.
“Each of our children deserves the best educational environment our community can provide for them, both as individuals and as a collective,” Roglitz-Walker said. “I believe it is imperative that we continue to identify, recognize and embrace the challenges of the whole child in order to expand opportunities, broaden access and improve outcomes for every child who passes through our district. Our children’s paths may all be different but the end goal for every one of them is their version of success.”
As a district parent, she said, she has volunteered in the classroom through the years. Additionally, she is in her sixth year of teaching an after-school Introduction to Spanish class to Lake Mills Elementary School first- throughfourth-graders.
The candidate is a cofounder of the Lake Mills Children’s Clothing Giveaway, a volunteer coach of the Lake Mills High School Mountain Biking Team, a co-leader of the Lake Mills Legendaries 4-H Club, a volunteer member of Jefferson County’s Children’s Community Options Program Advisory Committee and a past volunteer on the school district’s Strategic Planning Committee.
“These experiences have provided a unique insight into our district’s strengths, our children’s needs, and areas in which our district may be able to improve, innovate and/or inspire,” Roglitz-Walker said.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child, and our community’s continual support of our schools remains both astounding and invigorating,” she added. “It would be my honor to continue to cultivate that support in innovative ways that impact and improve our kids’ education and their lives.”