Alex P. Gates
Alex is a technology entrepreneur, PTA president, father of four, and a candidate for the Omaha Public School Board of Education in Subdistrict 3.
His wife Jamie is a recipe developer and food blogger. Together they have four children— a fourth grader at Wilson Focus School, a second grader at Edison Elementary, a four year old, and 1 year old.
Alex is the currently in his second term as president of the Edison Elementary PTA. Prior to serving as president, he served two terms as vice president. He is also the current vice president of the Wilson Focus School Parent Pride.
Alex began his education at Beadle Elementary and Stewart Elementary in Yankton, South Dakota before his family moved to Le Mars, Iowa where he attended Kluckhohn Elementary, Le Mars Community Middle School, and Le Mars Community High School.
During his senior year of high school Alex lived in Odense, Denmark as an exchange student and attended Sct. Hans Skole and Odense Tekniske College.
Alex attended The University of Northern Iowa with a focus on liberal arts and graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in General Studies. During college, Alex served on the Northern Iowa Student Government and co-chaired the Student Organization and Finance Committee. He also spent a summer in St. Petersburg Russia where he studied Russian history and art at Herzen State Pedagogical University.
VISION FOR OPS
The core of my campaign focuses on the need for meaningful community engagement and clear communication with the school community.
Meaningful community engagement
I believe the school district should do more to foster parent / teacher groups at OPS schools and build partnerships with active and engaged parents and community groups.
I also believe issues affecting the lives of families in the school district should be allowed ample consideration from the community.
When decisions become controversial, nobody wins when parents are pit against each other. Frequent, regular community forums should be organized to allow a constant and ongoing discussion about priorities in our school district, our goals, and to reaffirm our mission as a school district.
Communicating effectively with a diverse school district of 51,000 students isn’t easy. Slow, cluttered, mobile-unfriendly websites make it unnecessarily more difficult.
Communication from the school district always should be factual and proactive. We need to work to earn the trust of our community.
WHY I’M RUNNING
I’m running for the Board of Education because I have an active history of involvement in Omaha Public Schools and I have skin in the game.
Currently, only one of the nine members of the school board has a student in an OPS elementary school. Combined with my experience on my PTA board, I believe this gives me a unique and valuable perspective that is needed on the school board.
I also believe I can apply some of the principles I use as a tech entrepreneur to find innovative solutions to problems we’ll face as we move toward the future.