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Election primer: Wrenshall School Board

Four candidates have filed for three seats on the Wrenshall School Board in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

One candidate, Debra Washenesky, did not respond to the Pine Journal.

Candidate: Michelle Blanchard

What do you think of the current board's performance?

As a current board member I feel that we bring a variety of perspectives to the table and manage to work collaboratively. We take the time to listen to our community, parents, teachers and other stakeholders.

What are your priorities?

Adopt policies that give the district direction to continually raise the bar towards greater student achievement.

What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in Wrenshall schools?

One challenge is not being able to expand course offerings and we offer a sense of community to our student body.

Candidate:  Cindy Bourn

What do you think of the current board's performance?

I think the current board's performance needs to be more proactive when dealing with issues of the facility. I feel that some have no Ideal of the condition of the school building. As a board member you need to inspect and lay eyes on problem areas rather than just being told about them in a meeting. I know of 2 members that try to keep up on the condition.

I just feel as a board member, you should be more involved researching problem areas to find better opportunities and solutions with all educational needs.

What are your priorities?

Priorities for me is to fix and repair our building. Build up our Industrial Arts program with a goal for a better future opportunity for our students.

What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in Wrenshall schools?

To get talks going with Carlton to share sports and classes. Would like to talk consolidation with Carlton after we have our school in good repair. Our students have to come first.

To develop a cost effective long term solution to maintaining our building.

Try and keep a open line off communication to the community,and trying to educate the public of the needs of the school to save money.This is a big challenge.

Our opportunities are great in district 100. We have a great staff that has our students best interest at heart. We will have a industrial technology program that will be a place everyone will want to attend. Opportunities will be ongoing only if community members get behind it.

Improve our educational needs for our students.

Candidate: Randall Jack Eudy

What do you think of the current board's performance?

I have nothing but respect for the current School Board. In the two years I've been attending board meetings, I've observed hours and hours of additional work related to referenda and superintendent issues among other duties. It is understandable then, that they would delegate some of their responsibilities; I would like to see some of them restored to the board.

While the Board's relationship to the community has improved somewhat since last year's divisive referendum campaign, we have room for improvement. I want to be a part of that.

What are your priorities?

The Board needs to develop long-term goals to address challenges and opportunities.

What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in Wrenshall schools?

The Wrenshall School District has a several part referendum on the ballot this year. A committee was put together to come up with a plan that addressed the most serious issues with the aging school building.

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