Voter Guide

The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

NOTE: Not all communities have issues or candidates on the ballot. Guide does not include uncontested races.

Mason School board {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Vote for 2

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Courtney Allen

  • Desiree Batsche

  • Ian Orr

  • Candidate picture

    Kevin Wise

Social Media

Biographical Information

What are the 3 biggest challenges facing the school district? How would you deal with them?

What makes you qualified to be on the school board and gives you an advantage over other candidates?

What is your position on state testing and graduation requirements?

What would you do to close the skills gap that employers say is hindering their ability to find workers?

Are there any areas where you believe the school district currently underspends, or overspends?

Is the school district doing enough to ensure student safety? If not, what else should they be doing?

Are there any subjects or topics not currently being taught (or not taught broadly enough) that you would like to see expanded?

What other changes could be made that you think would improve students’ academic performance?

If you had to choose between increasing the number of regular teachers, to lower class size, or increasing the number of counselors/social workers/mental-health therapists/school resource officers to deal with non-academic issues, which would you choose?

What other information do you want voters to have about you?

Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Candidate response is not yet available.
Experience 17 Years continuously on Mason School Board serving in roles including President and Finance and Facilities Committee. 25 years with Procter & Gamble in various corporate finance roles, now serving as CFO of P&G's iMFLUX subsidiary.
Education BS Management Purdue University MBA, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
Twitter @votekevinwise
1. Continuing to Attract and Retain Excellent Teaching Staff - Long term planning lies at the heart of being able to maintain the financial strength to assemble and retain a top-flight teaching and administrative team. Underlying a strong long term plan, is an accurate enrollment forecast supported by a financial and facilities plan. We will continue to focus on this work to assure that our needs can be met today and in the future.

2. Culture, Inclusion and Personalized Learning - The richness of our student experience lies in the diversity of our community and enrollment. We are laser focused on three key priorities that make sure that the culture of our schools is inclusive and provide tailored learning opportunities to all students so that they can achieve at their highest potential.

3. Maintain strong partnerships with Community, City and Township - Value is created through partnerships. I will continue to invest in personal relationships that make this possible.
My track record on the board and professionally can give our community confidence that our future can continue to thrive.

Our accomplishments as a district and community are centered around continuity. I will continue to offer a positive voice that echoes the high expectations or our community. That voice is both for parents who are seeking opportunities for their children inside and outside the classroom and for those who demand a well-run fiscally conservative school district that can continue to be a key value in making Mason and Deerfield Township a great hometown.
I believe our staff is 100% capable of testing and challenging our students to prepare them for the next chapter in their journey, whether that be college, military or directly into the workforce. I have little patience for the mandates from Columbus, however, I will continue to work productively to shape those inevitable mandates to assure we minimize the distraction they can cause for teachers and families.
Continue to support our Experiential Learning programs at Mason. With 3,000+ high school students, we play a role to connect students with work opportunities in our community. These experiences can in the form of learning internships and shadowing all the way up to paid part time jobs. Our Experiential Learning programs are growing, connecting students with more businesses each year. I am proud of our team that makes that a reality every day.
For each of the 17 years I have been on the board we have attempted to manage this balance. There are always swings in certain areas that are regrettable. Long-term planning has to account for the most likely scenarios to assure we don't get too out of balance. I believe with the right community support, we can find opportunities to reduce classroom sizes in our youngest grades, add to our HS Counseling staff and foster additional extra-curricular opportunities for our students.
I am very pleased with our active and daily devotion to student safety. Our novel partnership with the City of Mason Police force brings officers into our buildings on a frequent and regular basis. Our staff knows them, trains with them and continually works to upgrade our readiness to assure our learning environments are both safe and inviting. Maintaining our relationship with the City of Mason is critical to this critical mission.
I believe Board Members should be very engaged in understanding the curriculum in the classroom. I am very confident in our current offerings and also pleased with the process we have annually to assure our offerings create opportunities for students to achieve that their highest potential.
Instead of specific changes, I support our annual assessment that incorporates feedback from teachers, students and our community to consider improvements that can enhance our student experience and performance.
My answer to this question is different depending on the grade level. Today in Mason, I would lean toward adding counselors and mental health resources, but I also believe that class-size in our youngest grades are a high priority.
I am a positive and consistent voice for Mason, I am not an education expert, but I value assembling the best team possible and supporting them to open the doors to our 10,000+ students every day. My investment in Mason is deep. My wife Marsha and I have raised our three children in Mason, Justin 23, Lauren 22, and Olivia is a Junior at Mason High School today. Each of them has seen a lot of change and a lot of opportunity to shine in Mason Schools and I want to assure that all Mason students have that opportunity today and in the future. With the continued support of our community, I am optimistic about our future and look forward to serving another term on the Mason School Board.