EAST HARRIET — David Weingartner, an outspoken Lyndale Community School parent, announced his intention to run for the District 6 School Board seat today.
Weingartner, an East Harriet resident and father of two young children, is a financial adviser with RBC Wealth Management in Edina. This is his first run for public office.
Weingartner became involved in district policy matters during the development of Changing School Options, a controversial restructuring plan approved by the School Board in September 2009. His was among a handful of Kingfield and East Harriet families that opted-in to Lyndale early, before the approval of CSO made Lyndale the community school for those neighborhoods.
More recently, Weingartner was one of two Lyndale parents who served on a team that selected Bancroft Elementary School Principal Paul Marietta to lead the new Ramsey Middle School opening for the 2012–2013 school year. His older child, a girl, is in the fourth grade at Lyndale.
“This has been along journey for us,” Weingartner said. “It started with CSO and it evolved into seeing some of the great things we do as a district but also seeing some of the inequities we have in our system.”
“I believe I can translate that experience into … creating a highly effective district with high-performing schools,” he said.
He emphasized the need for effective principal leadership guided by data and assessments and strong teaching supported by focused professional development. He described a system in which “parents, students and teachers are working together to create an effective learning plan.”
Weingartner plans to seek the DFL endorsement. That will put him up against Alex Phung, a 28-year-old Fulton resident and Cargill attorney who announced his intention to seek the District 6 seat earlier this year.
Weingartner said he knew of at least two others with plans to run for the seat, one of three new district seats coming open for the first time this fall.