|Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||West High School|
|Other||University of Minnesota|
|Profession||Retired public servant|
Arlene Bush resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Bush graduated from West High School in 1948 and studied Education and Business at the University of Minnesota for three years. Before retiring, she served as the Chair of the MSBA Insurance Trust and as an ambassador for the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Bush also served as a board member and president of the Minnesota School Board Association.
|Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tim Culver Incumbent||13.3%||5,220|
|Nonpartisan||Arlene Bush Incumbent||12.5%||4,941|
|Nonpartisan||Lyle Abeln Incumbent||12.4%||4,895|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 271 - Bloomington," accessed December 18, 2013|
Bush reported no contributions or expenditures to the school district office.
Bush did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa Halvorson Wiklund||12.8%||3,561|
|Nonpartisan||Tim Culver Incumbent||10.9%||3,028|
|Nonpartisan||Arlene Bush Incumbent||8.9%||2,479|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Hibbs Incumbent||8.1%||2,259|
|Nonpartisan||Maureen Peterson Incumbent||7.7%||2,131|
|Nonpartisan||Larry A. Frost||5.4%||1,518|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa H. Bowen||3.9%||1,094|
|Source: Bloomington, Minnesota, "Unofficial results: General Election," accessed October 21, 2013|
In an interview with the local newspaper, Bush listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
One thing I always say, "I never say this is the way we’ve always done it." It’s important to look at ways to improve, as we have many more needy students now, students who don’t speak English or need extra education.
It’s important to make the best use of our money. We’ve had good leadership. We have wonderful staff people. We need to continue to work toward the best possible use of our money, which has certainly been limited.
We have to have funding and use it the best for all students. We need to look at all of the issues in determining the best use of our funds in providing the best education for every student.
I don’t have certain things I’m out for. I look to do the best for every student and support all our employees, while working well with them.
What was at stake?
There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush unsuccessfully sought re-election, while fellow incumbent Mark Hibbs did not file for re-election. The incumbents drew four challengers in Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett.
About the district
- See also: Bloomington Public Schools, Minnesota
Bloomington outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bloomington was $60,150 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Bloomington was 8.5% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.5% of Bloomington residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Bloomington's 30-year ruler," January 4, 2011
- Mike Hanks, Sun Current, "Bloomington Board of Education election profiles," October 18, 2013
- Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from Jennifer Hazel on March 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bloomington (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014