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Allison Garner

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Allison Garner
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Board member, Oshkosh Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
April 2017
Years in position 3
Board Treasurer
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oklahoma
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
ProfessionChemical engineer
Office website
Allison Garner is an at-large member of the Oshkosh Board of Education in Wisconsin. She first won election to the board in 2011. Garner won re-election to the board without opposition in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Garner earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She later received a M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2006. Garner has worked for 16 years as a chemical engineer with TTC Labs, Inc. She also founded an advocacy group called Oshkosh for Education (OFE) in 2010 to pursue more fiscally responsibility in district policies. Garner and her husband have two children currently attending area schools.[1][2]



See also: Oshkosh Area School District elections (2014)


Allison Garner and fellow incumbents Barbara Herzog and John Lemberger sought re-election without opposition to three available seats in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Oshkosh Area School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Herzog Incumbent 35.2% 7,449
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lemberger Incumbent 31.9% 6,746
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAllison Garner Incumbent 31.6% 6,676
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 284
Total Votes 21,155
Source: Winnebago County Clerk, "Unofficial Election Results," April 1, 2014 These results are unofficial.


As of February 7, 2014, Garner did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the district office. State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.[3]


Garner did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes


Garner's 2011 campaign website listed her major themes:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

I would like to continue the tradition of educational excellence in our district as we set our strategic plan for the future. Second, as a mother of two elementary aged students, I think that our school board can work to stabilize the school district by working with both the OASD and the community to build trust and respect. With a stable district, I think that we can continue to challenge our students to improve their performance and learning. Additionally, I believe we can continue to improve professional development for teachers and administrators.

Personally, I have been married for 13 years and have a son aged 8 and daughter aged 6. I am a Midwestern native who moved to Oshkosh in 2000. Prior to 2000, I spent 10 years living all over the country and working overseas. My professional background includes a BS in chemical engineering and an MBA. For the past 13 years, I have worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry and am currently the vice president of a small chemical engineering consulting firm, which is where I learned about fiscal responsibilities. As I have shown in the past two years with Oshkosh for Education (OFE), my analytical problem solving skills have been beneficial to the OASD.

In the face of a BOE determined to close schools and fire teachers in 2008, I started OFE. This organization is now comprised of parents, residents and teachers who feel strongly about improving the fiscal responsibility in the OASD. As demonstrated over the last two years, OFE has been successful in:

  • Keeping Tipler open and saving the OASD about $3 million of capital costs with an estimated payback of 30 years. This saved 6 full-time teaching positions.
  • Keeping Green Meadows/Lakeside 4th and 5th graders at Tipler Middle School instead of transferring them a 3rd time in 4 years.
  • Keeping Lakeside elementary school open with an estimated net savings of less than $10,000. This saved 4-6 full-time teaching jobs and the support staff positions.
  • Keeping Smith elementary school open with an estimated net savings of $60,000 excluding transportation, SAGE and overcrowding issues. This saved 5-6 full-time teaching positions and the support staff positions.

—Allison Garner's campaign website, (2011), [4]

About the district

See also: Oshkosh Area School District, Wisconsin
Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oshkosh is the county seat of Winnebago County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Oshkosh is home to 66,653 residents.[5] Oshkosh Area School District is the 11th-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 10,111 students during the 2010-11 school year.[6]


Oshkosh underperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.6% of Oshkosh residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Oshkosh was $42,938 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Oshkosh was 17.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Oshkosh (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 90.5 86.2
Black or African American 3.1 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 3.2 2.3
Two or More Races 1.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 50.9 47.2
2008 54.9 43.2
2004 46.2 52.5
2000 44.6 50.3

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