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"Jim is open-minded and a great listener. He values and solicits opinions, and I feel strongly that these qualities—along with his extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the issues facing our students, teachers, families, and administrators—enable Jim to be a thoughtful and engaged member of the SLP School board." - Mary Pat Shaffer

"Jim’s thoughtful leadership is the style we need to successfully navigate the tough questions of how to best prepare our diverse student body for the future.

 In our years of friendship with Jim, we’ve found him to be a diligent listener; someone who is approachable by people from all walks of life and all ages.  He remains informed and open to new ways of solving problems.

Jim’s current teaching role at Normandale Community College and his past experience as a technologist give him valuable insight into what it takes to help students succeed in our rapidly changing world. 

He and his family have been long time residents of our city and his 3 children all graduated from the district.  The care and compassion Jim and his wife Linda have raised their children is reflected in the care and compassion Jim has for all the students, staff, and residents of the district.

No less significantly, Jim delivers his responsibilities to our community conscientiously and with integrity.  We are so grateful for his continued service." - Amy and Andy Willette

I am running for reelection for the St. Louis Park School Board.  I have greatly appreciated the St. Louis Park community and its public school system. I have especially appreciated the diversity that exists in St. Louis Park and the commitment the community has to the well-being of every child.  I believe a vital public education system is essential for a society that strives for universal equity and opportunity.  I want to help the continued success of the St. Louis Park School District, while recognizing it struggles like many school districts to close the achievement gap.  I want to help it lead the way until the day success in school is not predictable from demographic data.

The strengths I bring to the school board:

* Experienced as a teacher of mathematics at Normandale Community College

* 24 year member of the community and 23 years experience in the schools

* Active volunteer, wide breadth of roles

* A deliberative and open-minded decision maker

* Treat all people respectfully and value their opinion

* Work cordially with everyone 

These qualities make me a good decision maker and an effective facilitator of communication between the school board and the community.

I would appreciate hearing from you.  I would like to know your thoughts and concerns about the school district.  You can do that by using the contact page, e-mailing me directly at, or calling me at (952) 212-7455.

Can you help?

If you can host a yard sign, write a letter to the editor, or help Jim in any other way, e-mail him at or call him at (952) 212-7455 

You can also use either the contact or volunteer pages on this website to contact Jim.

Please also like Jim's Facebook page "Jim Beneke, SLP School Board".

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