|Board member, Janesville Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 2005|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Sodemann earned his B.S. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1983. He is the owner and president of Phones Plus.
|Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Kevin Murray Incumbent||29%||4,360|
|Nonpartisan||Bill Sodemann Incumbent||17.4%||2,612|
|Source: Rock County Clerk, "2014 Spring General Election," April 1, 2014|
Sodemann was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24 deadline. 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.
Sodemann received the endorsement of The Gazette in the April 1 general election.
|Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 5, 2011|
|Source: Rock County Clerk, "Non-partisan Spring Election," accessed January 29, 2014|
In an interview with The Gazette, Sodemann stated that he considered not seeking re-election in December 2013. He decided to run for another term to ensure that the Journey to Excellence evaluation system would be implemented. This system establishes goals for administrators and educators in the district to determine staff development each year.
What was at stake?
Issues in the election
March 4 candidate forum
The League of Women Voters and the Janesville Area Council PTA hosted a candidate forum on March 4. Every candidate except Fred Jackson attended the forum. Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann argued for their re-election bids based on recent progress achieved by the board. Murray believes that the district must retain experienced teachers in order to improve academic performance. Sodemann decided to seek re-election to promote Journey to Excellence, an initiative that uses results in the classroom to assess employee performance.
Challengers Diane Eyers and Dale Thompson emphasized the need for greater communication between district officials, teachers and parents. Eyers suggested that the district has to improve communications with the public regarding new policies. Thompson believed that teachers should be more involved in policy development rather than waiting for policies from the board. He also argued that the state legislature needs to provide more time for the district to meet Common Core curriculum standards.
About the district
- See also: Janesville School District, Wisconsin
Janesville underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.5% of Janesville 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 Janesville was $49,084 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Janesville was 14.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Bill + Sodemann + Janesville + School + District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- LinkedIn, "Bill Sodemann," accessed January 29, 2014
- Information submitted through email from Debra Blazer on March 25, 2014.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- GazetteXtra, "Our Views: Kevin Murray, Bill Sodemann, Diane Eyers earn nods for Janesville School Board," March 30, 2014
- GazetteXtra, "Five in the running for three Janesville School Board seats," January 8, 2014
- Nick Crow, GazetteXtra," "Janesville School Board candidates tackle issues during forum," March 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Janesville, Wisconsin," accessed January 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Janesville School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large • Diane Eyers • Fred Jackson • Kevin Murray • Bill Sodemann • Dale Thompson|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|