Anoka-Hennepin School Board
A graduate of Anoka-Hennepin schools with two kids in district
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 25, 2021
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
CHAMPLIN — “I decided to run for school board because as a parent of two kids in the district, I’m really invested in the decision-making in the district over the next four years,” says Kacy Deschene.
AFL-CIO endorsed Kacy Deschene is a first-time candidate and is challenging the incumbent to represent Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 3 (Champlin, Dayton, Coon Rapids).
Deschene also has been endorsed by Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota.
“I want to see every student’s needs met, every teacher’s needs met, so all our kids can have what they need to succeed in the future,” Deschene says.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District will be seeking community support for three school levy questions this election year and, Deschene says, “I support all three questions.”
The past year-plus of the pandemic, of course, has brought exceptional challenges to students, their families and their teachers.
At a recent school board meeting, Deschene notes, the District 3 incumbent was the only board member to vote against mandating face masks to keep students and school staff safe.
That’s a key difference between Deschene and the incumbent, she says.
“The goal is to keep kids in school, in-person,” Deschene emphasizes. “Masking is one way to keep everyone safe.”
Both Deschene and her husband grew up in the district and graduated from the Anoka-Hennepin schools.
“My relationship with Anoka-Hennepin schools started on my first day of Kindergarten in Ms. Bahr’s class at Oxbow Creek Elementary,” Deschene says. She went on to graduate from Champlin Park High.
Deschene earned a degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years.
Deschene has been a school volunteer and a member of her parent-teacher board.
Deschene reports that her mother-in-law was a member of her teacher’s union for her entire career and a brother-in-law is an IBEW member.
“Union members know a lot about safety on the job,” Deschene knows. “That can bring a great perspective.”
Deschene says she’d like to see more cooperation between the school district and the building trades to expose students to the skilled trades as a career choice. Students should know “there are well-paying jobs in the skilled trades,” she notes.