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School Board Candidate Profile: BROOKE PESTEL

Could you please provide some background about yourself?

Hello, my name is Brooke Pestel and I have lived in Three Forks since I was born. I was raised here and attended Three Forks Schools from elementary through high school. I attended MSU Bozeman and received a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in English. I have worked in public accounting for over 25 years with a focus on both personal and business taxes, as well as an emphasis on business consulting. My husband and I have four children. Two of which currently attend Three Forks middle school and high school. 

Why are you running for the Three Forks School Board?

I chose to run because I want to help, serve and support our district. I want to be an asset to our community. I bring to the table a financial background, which is important in any business, that gives me the foundation to understanding district finances. Also, I bring the skills and expertise to solve business problems and help find creative solutions. Helping people motivates me. I love to visit with people and find the best solution to whatever situation we are discussing. I feel that I would be a positive addition to our current Board by bringing objectivity, support, independence, asking questions, and holding people accountable, all while engaging in constructive and respectful communication.

If elected, what will be your top priorities?

My priorities if I am elected to the Board would be to help set the vision and goals for our district. I would like to implement transparency, as the administration having full engagement with the community about what takes place in our schools. I support our teachers and the need for them all to receive a reasonable and competitive wage here in our community, as well as a happy and healthy working environment. I would be working for our tax dollars to be spent in the most rewarding way for our students. A school's main role is to support our students and guide them to academic success. We need qualified and good teachers for this goal to be achieved. Supporting these teachers is integral to the positive development of our students.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

As a board member, I would continue to ask the hard questions that have the best interests of the students, teachers and parents at heart. Thank you and I humbly ask for your vote on May 7, 2024.