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Matthew Zaute

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No | Bell
North Center resident since 2008. Father and husband. Executive with a Chicago based digital advertising agency. Twenty plus years experience as a participant, coach, and official with Odyssey of the Mind, creative problem solving competition. Extensive professional experience with budgeting, team building, and strategic vision. Ten plus years of community service with the First Saint Paul's community meals program. Member of the steering committee. Fund raising director for the FSP program. Endurance athlete.

Question 1: What's the single most pressing issue at your school, and what role do you envision the LSC playing in addressing it?

Finding new and innovative methods to raise funds for AG Bell Elementary is a priority. I believe the LSC can have an impact through thought leadership and community outreach. The North Center business district is dynamic and flourishing. Encouraging a greater partnership between AG Bell and local businesses is a goal for me. Auctioning local business goods and services to support AG Bell Elementary can be a mutually rewarding arrangement. The parent activities at AG Bell are numerous and outstanding. The LSC can explore ways to further leverage the commitment of our parents to increase fund raising efforts for the school.

Question 2: What prompted you to run for LSC?

My wife and I moved to North Center four years ago largely owing to the reputation of Bell Elementary School. Our goal was to raise our family in a neighborhood where the public schools offered a competitive and enriching curriculum. As our son approaches his second birthday, I want to make an active contribution to ensuring Bell Elementary School continues to provide an excellent education for current and future students. My candidacy for the Bell LSC is motivated by the desire to serve our community.
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