For School Board District 1
“For me it will always be KIDS FIRST!!”
As a military child, I have moved several times during my school-age years. My parents owned a “Mom and Pop”store,and I learned about money at a young age, when I was their cashier. I attended public school for nine years and graduated from a private school. I have managed multiple companies in my life after high school. I have an Associate Degree in marketing and sales, and I worked with corporate event planning as an event coordinator when I was a snowbird in 2013. I continue to be an administrator for my husband’s company, and recently, I joined Marzucco Real Estate as a realtor. I have a mindset for business and have worked with the community and my children schools for the last sixteen years.
The dual roles of mother and businesswoman are important to me, and with this experience, I would like to introduce ways to itemize the budget and have a solid ROI so the district can receive funds NOT from the taxpayers, but from a tighter budget. I would like to introduce ways to reroute the bus routes in order to save money and time on the bus. Including introduce a program for the buses that will reduce low emissions and maintenance. I would like to work to return parents to the classrooms as volunteers.For curriculum, I strongly believe that home economics and personal finance courses should be brought back in Lee County schools.
Cathy is a successful businessperson, an energized part of each challenge she undertakes, and finally a dedicated parent. I have known Cathy since 2014. Cathy’s high energy and structured methods of productivity have benefited many of the organizations fortunate enough to have her participation . I have witnessed her champion, what others considered, initiatives that were halted due to fiscal issues into well-funded programs. She would be an asset to the board of Education.
I have known Cathy for over fifteen years, and her character is above reproach. She is a family-oriented person, who always puts her children first. She is there for anyone in need, anytime, or anyplace. Children are suffering in numerous ways which will impact them for years down the road. Cathy would be that advocate and fight for our children’s rights alongside with their parents.
I have known Cathy for only six years. She had only been living in Florida a month when we had our first conversation. In only two months she was going to help raise $10,000 for the kids to go to Washington DC. I had a hard time wrapping my mind around how this was going to happen. This was the most successful fundraiser our church had ever seen! She is faithful, kind, charitable , and humble. Most of all, her heart is for children their success , their well-being, their futures. She will do GREAT things for our children.”
In the years I’ve known Cathy, she has proven to be a leader and hard worker. We worked together on various committees and Cathy was relentless in reaching our goals, be it fundraising or planning events. Cathy is a conscious , dedicated leader and mom, and I feel she would be an incredible asset to your school board.
I have know Cathy Stout and her lovely family for over 14 years. We have worked together for many of these years helping organize and fundraise for our children’s school events. When Cathy’s children started school at Springfield Elementary, she was front and center to volunteer for whatever activity needed helpers. She was the head homeroom mom who threw the best themed parties and got the other parents involved. Cathy was on the Home And School (PTO) board for several years where she was a key volunteer and chair for some of our biggest fundraising and family events (ie: Mayfair carnival, bingo, and family fun nights). When the kids’ sixth grade trip to Washington was in jeopardy due to lack of funds. It was Cathy who suggested and chaired a bake sale/community yard sale. This event was a huge success not only raising money for the kids but bringing the entire community together. Cathy is always one of the first people to volunteer her time and talents.
Cathy’s high energy and structured methods of productivity have benefited many of the organizations fortunate enough to have her participation. On three separate occasions, I have personally witnessed her champion, what others considered, initiatives that were halted due to fiscal issues into well-funded programs. One of the most remarkable aspects of Cathy’s recipe for success is her ability to accomplish so much, not just for our teenagers but with them. At the end of each association, she had the respect of all the teens, a very remarkable measure of being able to navigate interpersonal dynamics. Cathy is a successful businessperson, an energized part of each challenge she undertakes, and, finally, a dedicated parent. I fully and truthfully feel she would be an asset to your Board of Education.
I have known Cathy for five (5) years when her oldest boys were a part of the youth group at St. Katharine Drexel Church. I first met Cathy at a youth group parent meeting when the group was in desperate need of fundraising. She attended the meeting and described some ideas she had for large-scale fundraisers and explained why they would work. Not many parents in the group knew her, so initially, they were not on board with her ideas right away. However, she kept at it and continued to promote her ideas; her determination, positivity and work ethic were contagious. Within a matter of months, the youth group was able to hold the largest fundraiser the church had ever seen in almost 20 years, and we raised thousands of dollars above what we originally projected. All of this was accomplished under her leadership. This fundraiser was so successful, we expanded the following year to an offsite venue, doubled the number of attendees, and raised a significant amount of funds for church repairs. This is but one example of Cathy’s resolve when it comes to “getting the job done.” She is highly organized and a skilled communicator. Cathy also has a servant’s heart and her humility in that regard would certainly be an asset to the school board. She has my highest recommendation.