|Board member, Appleton Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||April 1, 2014|
|Profession||Customer services director|
DeVantier currently works as a customer services director for Oracle. He previously worked as the director of IT infrastructure and operations at School Specialty Inc. from 2005 to 2011. DeVantier and his wife, Melissa, have three children.
As of January 27, 2014, DeVantier has not reported 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.
As of January 27, 2014, DeVantier has not received any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Appleton Board of Education, At-large, 3-year term, April 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Julie Baker Incumbent||26.7%||4,632|
|Source: Appleton Post-Crescent, "Election results: School boards and referendums," April 3, 2013|
DeVantier described his major themes for 2014 on his campaign website:
Why are you running?
What do you see as the top priority of the Board?
What's the biggest change you'd like to see to improve education in the district?
Stance on February 18 referendum
District voters approved a referendum requesting $25 million in new funds on February 18. DeVantier explained his views on the referendum on his campaign website:
As you may be aware, the Appleton Area School District is proposing a referendum which will be on the February 18th ballot. This two-part referendum consists of 1) a one-time capital request of $25 million and 2) an annual increase to the operating budget of $5 million.
I have attended each informational session and board meeting related to this topic over the last 3 months, and have decided to support the proposal. The capital project list will directly benefit student achievement and safety, and includes the following:
The $5 million increase in the annual operating budget will be used to maintain the technology investments. It is important to note that these two questions are completely dependent on one another so I encourage you to at least vote consistently on the two questions.
While I support this referendum, I am frustrated that we, as taxpayers and parents, have been put in this position. I believe that if the board had better managed the district’s finances, we would have more available from current tax revenue to address these needs. For example, the board has been invading the building maintenance budget to pay for, among other things, unspecified “programs”, thereby requiring this referendum to pay for anticipated maintenance needs. I can only assume that it is easier for the board to request funds for building maintenance than it would have been to ask taxpayers for additional money for these “programs”. However, at this point a “No” vote on this referendum only hurts students; it does not improve the fiscal responsibility of the board and administration. I believe that we need to focus on the students in our district and make a decision based on what is best for them. The next step is to address the underlying issue of budget mismanagement. Please remember that we will have the opportunity to bring a fiscally responsible voice to the board on April 1st by voting for John DeVantier.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What's at stake?
Incumbents Diane Barkmeier and Sharon Fenlon are seeking re-election against DeVantier and Barry O'Connor. Fenlon has served on the board since 1987 and Barkmeier was first elected to the board in 1996.
About the district
- See also: Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin
Appleton outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.2% of Appleton 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 Appleton was $52,605 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Appleton was 10.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.
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- LinkedIn, "John DeVantier," accessed January 27, 2014
- John DeVantier for School Board, "About John," accessed January 27, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- John DeVantier for School Board, "FAQ," accessed January 27, 2014
- John DeVantier for School Board, "John DeVantier supports February 18th referendum," accessed January 27, 2014
- Kathy Walsh Nufer, Appleton Post-Crescent, "Diane Barkmeier, Sharon Fenlon, Spencer Rotzel and John Gosling vie for three Appleton school board seats," March 31, 2011
- United States Census Bureau, "Appleton, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Outagamie County Elections, "Elections Information," accessed January 27, 2014
|2014 Appleton Area School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Diane Barkmeier • John DeVantier • Sharon Fenlon • Barry O'Connor|
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|