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Fillmore Central board members seeking reelection
By Melissa Vander Plas
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:47 AM
Emily Ellis, at left, has filed for a seat on the Fillmore Central School Board. A special election is being held to fill the position being vacated by John Torgrimson. Josh Krage, at right, is running as a write-in candidate.
Candidates for election answered three questions sent to them by the News-Record and Republican-Leader. Their answers are printed after the number corresponding with the following questions.
1. What has motivated you to file for this office? If you are an incumbent, please note how many years you have served and why you wish to continue.
2. Name one characteristic you have that has enabled or would enable you to be a valuable member of this office. Please explain.
3. Is there an upcoming issue that you feel needs to be addressed by the school board and how would you proceed?
A special election is being held for a two-year term on the Fillmore Central School Board. Voters will select a candidate to fill the seat being vacated by the resignation of John Torgrimson. Emily Ellis will be on the ballot for this office while Josh Krage has expressed an interest in the position, but is running as a write-in candidate.
Ellis is the director of the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce and is the mother to Fillmore Central students Stefan and Lucas.
Krage is an insurance agent and is married to Cheryl Krage. They are parents to Madison, 10, Zachary, 6, and Parker, 3. They are also host parents to foreign exchange student Nargiza Kanybek Kyzy, 17.
Both candidates answered three questions explaining their reasons to seek this office and their visions for the school district.
1. I am very committed to our community. I am a Fillmore Central graduate with two children, a first grader and fifth grader, at Fillmore Central. Our community is such an important part of my family's life and the school is a great part of our community. Serving on the school board will allow me to further give back to our community and ensure a strong future for our children and the community as a whole.
2. I believe that my commitment to this community is a great characteristic which will make me valuable. Studying for my master's degree in public administration has made me understand that it is important to put my own opinions aside and to consider what's best for the students, teachers and community because they are the stakeholders in the school district.
3. Financial issues are and will continue to be a large part of every decision made. I want the community to know that I will do the best for the communities of Preston, Harmony and Fountain. I will ensure that we will further develop our school, which in turn will help each of our communities. Keeping the school as a part of each community is vitally important for the growth for each community and is directly connected to the quality of life in our district.
1. As a father, husband and member of the Fillmore Community, I can think of nothing more important than working with those who believe in education; and are committed towards the common goal of providing our children (our future), with a foundation that will prepare them with the tools for success. My motivation is to give back to my community, to be a part of our children's future and to promote the Fillmore Central School system.
2. One characteristic that would enable me to be a valuable member of this office is open-mindedness. Being willing to listen to and consider new and different ideas or opinions is essential in the workplace. Like everyone else, I have my own ideas and opinions on things, however, that doesn't mean I'm right. I encourage new ideas and opinions and welcome open dialogue. I believe this approach opens communication avenues, strengthens the team concept and allows everyone to be a part of the solution.
3. I don't have a particular issue that I would address right away. However, I would emphasize the importance of getting to know our teachers, students and staff members. We have an obligation to give our teachers, students and staff members the support they need to be successful. I believe part of the school board's responsibility is to interact with our teachers, students and staff members to gain a better understanding of what they need from us. To find out what's working and what's not, and to let them know they're appreciated. I would address this by meeting with the teachers and staff members; I would attend as many school functions as possible to see firsthand what our students are up to and to get input from their parents. By doing this, I believe we build a strong foundation for our school district and community.
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