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Diane Barkmeier

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Diane Barkmeier
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Board member, Appleton Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
April 2017
Years in position 19
Board Clerk
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Mary's College
Office website
Campaign website
Diane Barkmeier is an at-large member of the Appleton Board of Education in Wisconsin. She first won election to the board in 1996. Barkmeier won re-election to the board in the general election on April 1, 2014.


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.[1]



See also: Appleton Area School District elections (2014)


Diane Barkmeier ran against fellow incumbent Sharon Fenlon and challengers John DeVantier and Barry O'Connor during the general election on April 1, 2014.


Appleton Area School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Fenlon Incumbent 27.3% 4,183
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Barkmeier Incumbent 27.2% 4,172
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarry O'Connor 27.2% 4,164
     Nonpartisan John DeVantier 17.8% 2,731
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 80
Total Votes 15,330
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.[2] 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]


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.[4]

Campaign themes


Barkmeier listed her campaign themes for 2014 on her campaign website:


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.


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


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.


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), [6]

About the district

See also: Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin
Appleton Area School District is located in Appleton, Wisconsin
Appleton Area School District is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, the county seat of Outagamie County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Appleton is home to 72,635 residents.[7] Appleton Area School District is the sixth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 15,194 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[8]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Appleton (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 87.5 86.2
Black or African American 1.7 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 5.9 2.3
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[9]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 48.2 50.0
2008 54.9 43.3

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.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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