October 22, 2019

The Upper Arlington Education Association unequivocally and emphatically endorses Nancy Drees for re-election to the Board of Education.

Nancy Drees stands out for key reasons: Her previous experience on the Board proves that she is an ally of public education. She believes in creating partnerships between teachers, the administration, and the Board. She supported teachers in contract negotiations and pledges to do so again. She has experience working with administration to accomplish results: she was directly involved in the 1-to-1 initiative and the Teaching and Learning committee. She has gone to our state government to lobby for more equitable funding for public education. She has publicly supported every levy.

In short, Mrs. Drees is an essential ally of public education on the Board and should be reelected this fall.

August 23, 2019
I’m thrilled to announce that I am officially running for re-election for the Upper Arlington School Board. For the past eight years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve on the board through some of the district’s toughest challenges – from revitalizing the crumbling infrastructure to navigating our schools through investments and new technology.

During this time, I’ve worked incredibly closely with my dear friends, the late Robin Comfort and Stacey Royer who has decided not to run again. They have both had a lasting impact on the board and I’d like to continue their legacy by serving another term.

Upper Arlington education holds a special place in my heart. I have committed entirely to the well-being of our students and our community. With your support and vote in November, I will continue to lead our schools to be the best that they can be.

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Thank you for your support!

Please check back later for information regarding events during which you can meet and ask questions of the candidates.
From the UA This Week, 11-4-15:

Upper Arlington voters gave a big thumbs-up to incumbents Robin Comfort, Nancy Drees and Stacey Royer on Nov. 3, re-electing them to serve four more years on the Upper Arlington Board of Education.

Comfort sought a third term and Drees and Royer both were seeking their second four-year terms, running against newcomer challengers Mindy Lambert and Christopher Swartz.

Final unofficial returns from the Franklin County Board of Elections at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 4, showed Drees getting the most votes, at 7,281, with Comfort close behind at 7,239. Royer received 6,541 votes, while challengers Lambert and Swartz received 4,693 votes and 4,075 votes, respectively.

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Dear Upper Arlington Community,

This November, I am seeking your vote for Re-Election to the Upper Arlington City Schools Board of Education. Since 2012, I have proudly served as a board member for Upper Arlington Schools. There’s no greater responsibility or honor than working to ensure the excellence of our children’s education. I want every student to be prepared for future success in college, career and life.

My husband David and I moved back to Upper Arlington 28 years ago. David, as well as our three children, graduated from Upper Arlington Schools. As an Upper Arlington parent and volunteer, I realized how much our community values education and I want to pay it forward.

The Upper Arlington School Board has had a tremendous impact on our children’s education. With teamwork and collaboration and months of research by a committee of teachers, administrators, parents and the board, the district implemented one-to-one technology from kindergarten to grade twelve in 2016. In 2017 after three years of devoted time and over 8,000 “touchpoints” with community members, a $230 million bond issue passed to build a new high school and renovate or rebuild all five elementary schools plus improve the Tremont athletic fields. Immediately upon passage of the bond levy, the Board of Education launched a design process for the facilities involving community, staff and students. By fall of 2021, these new facilities will provide the space and flexibility to accommodate our growing enrollment. These board initiatives support the elite quality of education we expect and value in Upper Arlington.

With your vote on November 5, I will continue to focus on what matters most for our students. My goals are aligned with the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan of building our future by building on our strengths. With continuous improvement as our foundation, we will focus our efforts on whole learning and the well-being of student and staff. I will support our students to excel academically and give our teachers the tools and resources to better individualized instruction to meet the needs of every student. I will continue to build on our district’s accountability and ownership through transparent, clear, honest, open, and interactive communication. And I will strive to improve our District's financial sustainability by aligning our finances and investments to the Strategic Plan.

Please vote for me this upcoming election and allow me to continue my passion of serving for the future success of Upper Arlington students, families and community.

Below are some amazing achievements the School Board has accomplished during my two terms:

Improved literacy and reading assessments
Committed to the Efficiency Plan and saved $4.7M in 2017.
Approved the 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan that highlights the well-being of students and staff
Enhanced personalized learning for every student through the smart use of technology
Implemented one-to-one technology for every student, kindergarten through grade 12.

Received numerous awards for the district's effective use of social media for our district website, Twitter, Facebook, and UA inSight.

These awards include: Best of the Best awards in 2017 and 2018 for the Your Voice Matters communications plan on the district's facilities master planning process; a 2019 Mark of Distinction award for theUASchools.org website redesign; a 2018 Mark of Excellence award for the State of the Schools video on One-to-One Technology; and a 2017 Mark of Excellence award for the Upper Arlington Schools Facebook page. The department has previously received a Best of the Best award for the district Facebook page, a Mark of Excellence award for the UAiNSIGHT community newsletter and a Mark of Distinction award in video.

Sharing services with the City and Library to cut costs
Successfully negotiated with two employee unions
Provided transparent, reliable and accountable measures toward District goals
Worked as a team with Dr. Paul Imhoff, UA Superintendent, to develop policies and Strategic Plan.

It is my goal to continually improve our schools and work as an effective board member so that our students' success will be Upper Arlington's success. "What matters most" is our students.

Please support me as I seek reelection to continue my dedication, leadership and community engagement to accomplish the best learning opportunities and academic achievements for every UA student.

To help me in my quest for reelection, please donate either using Paypal or by completing and mailing this form with a check. Thank you!

Nancy Drees
Vice-President, Upper Arlington Schools Board of Education
VISION:Uniquely accomplished students prepared to serve, lead and succeed.
MISSION: Challenge and support every student, every step of the way.
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