Elections for the North Tama County Community School Board will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2013. With that date fast approaching, the following is a look at the candidates running this year for the six district seats.
District 1 includes Buckingham Area Township and is the only contested race in this year's election. Rod Zobel will be running against Lisa Gorder for the right to represent the district.
Zobel has lived in the area with his family for nearly 20 years and has children in the district. In addition to his involvement in North Tama youth athletics, he is passionate about the continued need for advancement to keep the district competitive in a changing world.
"I would like to see North Tama continue moving forward with the latest technology and curriculum to help our students be successful in the future," Zobel said. "I'd like to help see that North Tama continue as a good K-12 school under one roof."
Lisa Gorder is no less passionate about making sure the school remains viable in a rapidly-changing world. In particular, Gorder would like the school to keep a competitive student-to-teacher ratio to ensure a better learning environment.
"I want to make sure our classrooms stay at a smaller size," Gorder said. "And that our school remains financially stable."
Cheryl Popelka is running for re-election in District 2. She has represented the district, which includes the northeast section of Traer, for four years.
The northwest section of town and rural areas west of town are represented by Trisha Kennedy, who is running unopposed for re-election.
Robert Young, current president of the school board, will be running unopposed in District 4. Judy Robb has decided not to run for re-election after 10 years of representing the district. The boundaries of District 4 were changed and would have pitted the two against one another.
Gretchen Pargeon will be running unopposed for the District 5 seat, which covers the southeast section of Traer. Pargeon was a previous school board president.
Doug Dvorak will be running unopposed to keep the seat he gained earlier this year after the resignation of Richard Arp. The district cover much of the rural area south and east of Traer as well as the city of Clutier.