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Merrill School Board Candidates Want to Move ForwardSubmitted: 03/07/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


MERRILL - Some big changes could be coming to a school near you.

The school district of Merrill will have a new Superintendent next year.
Come April 2nd they'll have a new school board too.
Candidates in the school board race are ready to fight for one of the three open spots.

We spoke with four of the six candidates and the tone was the same.

They want to move the district forward.

"The past is the past, let's move forward and move on," said candidate Norbert Ashbeck.

" I want to make sure that our district, is able to move forward and into the 21st century," said candidate John Schull.

They are two of the six candidates vying for a spot on the Merrill School Board.

Others include former school board president Jeff Verdorn, incumbent Chuck Bolder, current school board president Lin Kautza, and newcomer Linda Yingling.

"I understand that there have been divisions on the school board in the last few years," said Schull.

Merrill's school board has struggled with issues in the past, including political divisions.

"My biggest concern is stability with the board. I think we got to learn to work together and if you don't agree with the majority result, we don't need to be bantering about it in the newspaper," said Bolder.

An open minded board could make tackling issues like a budget crisis easier.

"There's going to be a continual problem over the next years with declining enrollment and we'll be losing thousands of dollars each year," said Schull.

That's something the district can't afford. It had to close a 1 point 5 million shortfall for this school year.

"I would make every effort to try and find monies in the system to keep the system quality and at a high standard without raising taxes," said Ashbeck.

The candidates want to move forward, but they can't do it without the voters.

"I just hope that people in the community vote for a good school board," said Bolder.

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