Hastings Middle School

On Tuesday, Nov. 2 elections will be held for the Hastings School Board where six candidates are competing for three open spots on the board.

To help inform voters, the Hastings Star Gazette will introduce the candidates over the week, show their answers to a group of questions and give each an opportunity to convince voters why they should be elected.

Tashina Miller in a native Minnesotan who moved to Hastings eight years ago. She is running for one of the six open spots on the board and is running her campaign creating a positive future for all Hastings students, ensuring all parents' perspectives are heard and recognizing Hastings' growing diversity.

Tashina Miller

Tashina Miller is running for Hastings School Board in the 2021 election.

Why are you running for school board?

I am a native Minnesotan and my family chose to put down roots in the Hastings community more than eight years ago.

We love Hastings, my kids love Hastings schools and I feel strongly about making sure all of the kids in Hastings have a high-quality education that prepares them for the future, whether they go to college or directly into the workforce.

People in our school district understand that our children’s future is our community’s future. We all love our kids and want the best for them, so it’s important that we provide them with an educational foundation that will set them up for success.

I feel strongly about this and that’s why I’m running for school board.

To be clear, I am not running a one-issue campaign. I am also not running “against” anyone — I am running for a position on the school board, and I’m doing it for our kids — everyone’s kids.

School boards are a critically important part of any community and I fully understand that not everyone will agree with every decision I make, or that the board makes.

What is the most important issue in this election and how would you address it?

Parents in our district need to know that the school board is acting in the best interests of the students at all times.

Here is what that means to me: Recruiting and retaining the best teachers and staff members.

Understanding that all kids won’t choose to attend college and providing them with the skills and training they need to be gainfully employed when they graduate.

Giving students a safe and accepting environment in which to learn, build self-confidence and be accepted for who they are as individuals.

I also believe that it is critical to understand that all of our students bring with them backgrounds and perspectives to the classroom that we must respect and support as they grow into adults.

Ultimately, we need to ensure that every student in our district is ready to be a productive member of society when they graduate.

How would you rate the school district’s performance during the pandemic — protecting public health, delivering quality education services, serving the community? Would you have done anything differently?

The most important thing our school district can do is ensure that all of our students and staff are healthy and able to receive a high-quality education without being injured, feeling threatened or exposed to something that will make them seriously ill.

Our responsibility as members of the school board is to request and listen to information from knowledgeable individuals who have been trained in their area of expertise and act accordingly.

That approach just makes sense whether we are talking about a virus, disease or safety concern such as weapons or threats of violence in our schools.

We have a legal and moral obligation to protect our kids and teachers if we know there is something in our schools that could put them in harm’s way.

I’m not going to second guess what decisions our board has made given the information they had at the time.

Name one thing the Hastings School District does well, and how you would support it. 

Our district has been responsible with the resources it receives, in how it spends money and how it carefully studies that parameters of bonding projects and levies before proposing them to the public.

What else do you want voters in the district to know about you when they cast their ballots in November?

Hastings is known in the metro area for its quality schools, and I want it to stay that way.

For example, when a community has great schools, it has an advantage when employers consider where to locate new stores and offices. And when jobs come to town, the amenities, restaurants, shops and housing options follow.

I also think it’s important for us to have productive discussions and debate on the board and in the Hastings community.

We need to respect each other’s opinions, weigh facts and figures, hear from experts, listen to parents and administrators, and make the best decisions based on the information we have.

We won’t get it right every time, but we will try our best and that’s what I can promise you as a candidate for the Hastings School Board.

I hope I can earn your vote and I appreciate your support. Please vote for Tashina Miller on or before Nov. 2. Thank you.

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at svoight@orourkemediagroup.com

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