2020 Primary Voters’ Guide: Learning Community Coordinating Council, District 4

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Candidates

Allen Hager (R):

Website: www.facebook.com/hagerforlc4
Occupation: Sr. Application Analyst
Current Public Office, dates held: Learning Community Coordinating Council 2012-current
Education: B.A, Louisiana State University M.B.A., Tiffin University
Military Experience: Air Force
Volunteer Experience: Former Treasurer, Youth Emergence Services, Former Vice-Chair, Omaha Metro Medical Response System (OMMRS) Medical Board

Lisa M. Schoenberger (D):
Occupation: Digital Marketing
Current Public Office, dates held: N/A
Past Public Office, dates held: N/A
Education: University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Military Experience: N/A

Josh Wigginton (R):  No response received.

Candidate Responses

How do you envision the future of the Learning Community?

Allen Hager: I believe the Learning Community will continue to provide Early Childhood Education learning opportunities for families in poverty. The collaboration of school districts is vital to the Learning Community success. It’s a partnership that has changed since the origins of the body for the better. School Districts see the need for parental engagement and early childhood success that given children a chance to be successful.

Lisa M. Schoenberger: I think this is a really exciting time for the Learning Community. I am inspired by the possibilities that the formation of a foundation opens up to continue to deliver programs that are proven successful at a much larger scale. I think the Learning Community has really stepped up to the plate to respond to issues caused by COVID-19 for families in our community and I think that will go a long way in continuing to build positive public relations and showcase its important role.

In your own words, what is the mission of the Learning Community?

Allen Hager: The Learning Community empowers children and families to eliminate the achievement gap though early childhood education, family programs and programs that can help a family both in education and career.

Lisa M. Schoenberger: The Learning Community helps support our outstanding public education system by providing resources for programs that enhance the educational experience for students in Douglas and Sarpy counties. It enables districts to tap into and share resources to better address needs in early childhood education, staff enrichment and family involvement, which are all major contributors to the overall education achievement of all of our students.

How can the Learning Community improve outcomes for all students?

Allen Hager: Continue to offer high-quality programs that balance taxpayer resources with the needs of the at-risk community that we serve. The Learning Community is looking at a 3rd Center that would be located in an area where multiple districts could benefit. I look forward to hopefully work on that and continue to be a steward of our finite resources.

Lisa M. Schoenberger: The Learning Community has a connection with all 11 school districts, which gives it the unique opportunity to have a very broad impact. By helping connect a local philanthropic community with a single touchpoint that can impact all districts, with the formation of a non-profit, the Learning Community can now help level up educational opportunities at scale without an increased taxpayer burden. The Learning Community will continue to understand and adapt to the unique needs of each district.

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