|Board member, Appleton Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||18|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|Bachelor's||St. Mary's College|
Barkmeier earned a B.A. in History and Humanistic Studies from St. Mary's College. She and her husband, John, have three children and five grandchildren.
|Appleton Area School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Sharon Fenlon Incumbent||27.3%||4,183|
|Nonpartisan||Diane Barkmeier Incumbent||27.2%||4,172|
|Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Kimm Smith on May 12, 2014.|
Barkmeier did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the school board secretary by the March 24 pre-election reporting 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.
Barkmeier did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Barkmeier, Fenlon and John Gosling won election to the board on April 5, 2011. Incumbent Spencer Rotzel was defeated in the race for three available seats.
Barkmeier listed her campaign themes for 2014 on her campaign website:
INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Achievement and success for all students are at the core of the AASD. It is imperative that the district continue to focus its efforts on improvement through quality assessment, curriculum and instruction, the Continuous School Improvement Process (CSIP), collaboration, progress monitoring and measurement.
The AASD is a fiscally responsible district as evidenced by its Moody's AA1 credit. This rating puts the AASD in the top 7% of all districts in the state with not one rated higher. Additionally, even after the February 2014 referendum, the AASD will spend less per student than the state average while achieving higher than the state average achievement results. The AASD has produced good educational value to the district taxpayers and must continue to do so in the future.
ALL STUDENTS COLLEGE AND CAREER READY
The goal of college and career readiness for all students is in the forefront of educational thinking today. The AASD wants all students to be prepared for a post-secondary experience whether it be a certificated program, a two or four-year college degree, or the military for their personal, civic and economic futures. Twenty-first century skills must go hand in hand with academic knowledge. This effort includes collaboration and a working relationship with post-secondary institutions, businesses and industries. read more
ATTRACT AND RETAIN QUALITY STAFF
Education requires an investment in people and the AASD must attract and retain the best and brightest to remain a strong district. Competitive wages and benefits, strong professional development, a collaborative and positive culture, and accountability are a few of the components that the district must foster to be a great place to work with and for students.
2014 REFERENDUM TRANSPARENCY
It is essential that the Appleton Area School District (AASD) provide transparency to its public on how referendum dollars are spent for both Questions #1 and #2. In the past, the AASD mailed an informational brochure on referendum expenditures to residents. Today the district can keep the public abreast more regularly and cost efficiently with frequent updates on its website. The individual schools will inform families of the specific impact of the referendum on their facilities.
—Diane Barkmeier's campaign website, (2014), 
About the district
- See also: Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin
Appleton outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.2 percent of Appleton residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent 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 percent compared to 12.5 percent 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Diane Barkmeier for Appleton Area Board of Education, "About Diane," accessed March 12, 2014
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Kimm Smith on March 26, 2014.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- 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
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Diane Barkmeier for Appleton Area Board of Education, "Priorities," accessed March 12, 2014
- 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
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 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:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|