Four candidates are seeking three open seats on the Spring Grove Board of Education for District #297 for a four-year term, and one is seeking a two-year term as part of a special election. Challenger Stephanie Jaster is facing incumbents Kristy Folz, Christian Myrah and Aaron Solum for the three four-year spots while Eric Bjerke is running unopposed for the two-year seat he currently holds.

All candidates but Aaron Solum responded to the questionnaire from the Spring Grove Herald. Below are their responses listed in alphabetical order. Each response was limited to 150 words.

Christian Myrah,

age 42 - farmer

1.) Please tell us about yourself and why you are running for office?

I am just completing my first four-year term as a Spring Grove school board member, and we've seen some exciting things take place in these last four years. The future of our district looks promising, and I would like the opportunity to continue to serve the district for four more years

2.) What short-term (5 years or less) and long-term (more than 5 years) goals would you like to see for the school?

Short term, prepare our students for their future. Long term, prepare our students for their future.

3.) Right now enrollment seems to remain strong, what steps do you think the school can take to continue to encourage students to enroll in the school?

We need to continue to focus on the needs of our students and make sure our district has the tools to provide them a quality well rounded education.

4.) What do you think are the district's top-three strengths and why?

We are a small school who continues to offer a well-rounded package of the arts, sports, and academics. We afford our students the opportunity to participate in any and all of these areas, and we continue to get outstanding support from the community.

5.) What do you think are the district's top-three weaknesses, and how can they be addressed?

We are a small school district with basically all single section classes. This forces us to be a bit more creative when deciding on the best course of action for the district. There is always more than just one way to solve problems, and I feel confident that we have been making prudent and effective decisions as we continue to find the best ways to prepare our students for their future.

6.) If re-elected, what are the top three issues you want to see addressed in the next four years?

One thing to look into would be a permanent foreign language syllabus for our elementary students. There are a lot of issues that are fluid and dynamic, and they will continue to change and evolve. Board members don't need to micro manage the district. We need to look at the big picture, keep a vision for the future and equip our teachers and administrators with the tools they need to continue to offer a top-notch education to all our students.