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Brady counts on experience and financial background

by Merrie Leininger

David Brady said his education, work experience and on-the-job training are why he should be retained on the Douglas County School Board.

Brady has a master’s degree in public administration, has worked in finance since 1985 and owned Brady and Associates financial services firm since 1998. Previously he was a police officer with the City of Redondo Beach, Calif., and was the union president for the officers. He currently is a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy.

“My background is in government management. But what’s more important is my experience as a certified financial planner as well as an association president gives me the background and perspective on issues and concerns of labor issues,” Brady said. “My tenure on the board has given me time to learn. It takes time to learn the nuances of the school board.”

Brady said his experience will come into play when the state Legislature is in session.

“I think what I’m finding is when the Legislature is in session the world is not a safe place. In my opinion, they’ve created a lot of laws in the past couple of years that are not clearly thought through. The follow-through was not given consideration. Having lived through a couple of legislative sessions, I believe my experience will benefit the district.”

As of press time, no one had filed a challenge for his Area 1 seat, which covers the Johnson Lane and Jacks Valley areas. Brady also ran unopposed four years ago. He was appointed by the board a year before that.

Besides his work on the school board, Brady sits on the Parks and Recreation board. When he’s not working, he’s at home with his own little “Brady bunch,” the five children who make up the family formed when Brady married his wife Mary.

Brady’s children are Darren Brady, 11, Kelsey Gerber, 12, Brian Brady, 13, Christian Gerber, 15, and Jessica Brady, 15.

Brady said he wants to stick with the school board because he there is a lot of unfinished business.

“We are at a critical juncture with the strategic plan and the implementation of the competencies. Labor relations is another area where the current status of negotiations and teacher morale is something that needs continued attention,” Brady said.

Brady said now is the point in implementing the competencies that teachers are feeling overloaded and need an opportunity to discuss their problems.

“One of the issues I’ve had is we need to have an honest dialog between administrators and teachers to identify weak links in the process which need to be addressed. It is important to have the background and history to work through the bumps and make the changes,” Brady said.

Brady said he believes he has been responsive to the needs of teachers, in addition to parents and students, and objective about all issues that come before the board.

“I’ve suggested workshops between the board, administration and teachers to provide a formal setting for talking about issues and I think we’re doing that somewhat at board meetings. But it needs to be more specifically targeted towards the strategic plan and competencies,” he said.

Brady said he has made a big attempt to see the problems first-hand by visiting the schools.

“I make a serious attempt to visit the sites on a regular basis because I have the time. I try to get to a site at least once or twice a year. I volunteer with my kids’ classes, too,” Brady said.