3 seek 2 seats on Lanesville school board
Franklin Township voters will elect two members to the five-member Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees. Candidates are Jaycen Abell, Margaret E. Meyer and incumbent Ronald J. Wolfe. The other seat is currently held by Donald J. (Donnie) Hussung, who is not seeking re-election because he is seeking the District 2 seat on the Harrison County Council.
The other three seats, currently held by Denzil McKim, Sharon Rothrock and Robert (Bob) Schickel, will be on the ballot in 2016.
School board candidates are non-partisan, are elected to four-year terms and are not restricted to term limits.
Here are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Jaycen Abell, Corydon
Family: Wife, Lisa; children, Ceirwen (10), Michael (7) and Seren (3)
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Anderson High School, Cincinnati, Ohio; attended NKU, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State; military — U.S. Navy; reserve construction battalion; Lanesville Youth League board; employed by Wissing Contracting, PIE
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Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I am running for Lanesville school board because I believe it is important to contribute in whatever way I can to the community I live in. I currently have two children attending Lanesville. In two years, my third will start kindergarten. I believe my life experiences will help me to contribute positively in shaping Lanesville’s future as an excellent community school. The current and past board members have built an exceptional and welcoming school. I believe I can help to keep our school moving forward for the betterment of our children’s learning career.
How do you propose to keep spending down yet meet the needs of the students (in 100 words or less)? In order to keep the budget at an acceptable level, one area that needs to be looked at is the energy efficiency of our buildings. There are many new technologies that we can investigate. The strengthening of the PTSO and participation by our students and families. Putting on fundraising events can help to raise money as well as bring our community together. We may also want to explore the world of sponsorship, both local and corporate levels. These groups benefit greatly from the hard work all the members of the Lanesville Community School Corp. put into our children’s education.
What do you consider to be the top issue in the school corporation and how will you address it (in 150 words or less)? The most important issue we face is the constant evolution of our children’s education and how to stay at the forefront. Our school is doing an excellent job at this already and, in order to continue Lanesville being a top school, we have to continue this tradition. The teacher and staff work very hard and should be rewarded. Coming from a family strewn with teachers, including my wife, who is now a stay-at-home mom, I recognize the passion the teachers put into educating our children. It is the school board’s responsibility to provide the guidance and tools for them to carry out the job within the restraints of the school’s funding.
Name and residency: Margaret E. Meyer, Corydon
Family: Fifth generation on the Deutsch/Meyer farm; four family homes are on this land: John West (nephew), Lara West (niece); Marydee Meyer (sister); and mine.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduate of Corydon Central High School; B.A. from University of Indianapolis; M.S. in education from Indiana University (1970); M.S. in counseling education from Indiana University (1988); teacher/coach at Beech Grove Junior High School (seven years); teacher/coach at Lyman Moore Junior High School, Portland, Maine (one year); teacher/coach/counselor at Corydon Central High School (retired 2002); educational consultant at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School (nine years); owner and operator of MEM’s Mowing (12 years).
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Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Since 1953, my life has been in schools: student, teacher, coach, building rep, association president, counselor and consultant. My professional experiences have given me a multi-faceted knowledge of education, both how the system functions well and how it can always be better.
How do you propose to keep spending down yet meet the needs of the students (in 100 words or less)? I have stayed within budgets as English department chair, athletic coach, counseling department coordinator, association president and North Central Association Evaluation chairperson. The purpose of a budget is to meet needs with the allocated funds. Budgeting is a work in progress for our Lanesville school family.
What do you consider to be the top issue in the school corporation and how will you address it (in 150 words or less)? I see the two top priorities being corporation fiscal responsibility and student preparedness for success after high school. Keeping in mind our community standards and financial sacrifices, I will be part of the board team to meet parents, student and community expectations.
Name and residency: Ron Wolfe, Franklin Township
Family: Wife of 48 years, Nancy; two sons, Mike and Danny Wolfe; five grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduated from Lanesville High School; U.S. Navy for four years; retired from Kentucky Blue Cross/Blue Shield (now Anthem) after 32 years in data processing; continue to farm as part of Wolfe Bros. Farms since the mid-’70s; have been on the Lanesville school board and Harrison County Alternative School board for 12 years.
Contact information for voters: [email protected]; 812-366-3756
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? My wife and my sons also graduated from Lanesville and now my grandchildren go to school there. The Lanesville community is a great place to live and Lanesville schools are second to none. I have always considered it to be a privilege to serve on the school board. Great things have happened at Lanesville schools over the past several years, and I would like to continue to be a part of that.
How do you propose to keep spending down yet meet the needs of the students (in 100 words or less)? Lanesville schools receive the seventh lowest amount of money from the state, but we have continued to offer one of the best educational opportunities in the state. Our graduation rate is one of the highest; we have been on the balanced calendar for nine-plus years; a few years back we combined the superintendent’s and high school principal’s job. At Lanesville, we pride ourselves in giving every child the best educational opportunity for every dollar we spend.
What do you consider to be the top issue in the school corporation and how will you address it (in 150 words or less)? One of the top issues for the school is rising health care cost and the inability to properly compensate teachers and administrators for a job well done. The state, through the school funding formula provides the money for the school’s General Fund but does not consider educational results in the calculation. Our state legislators need to be reminded of this so, hopefully, it will change.