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Five vie for three spots on J-D BOE

— With the Jamesville-DeWitt School Board election slated for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15 at the high school, the Eagle Bulletin has reached out to each candidate with a list of questions to help voters get to know them.

This year, three incumbents – Jack McLoughlin, Mark Schulman and Jill Walsh – are being challenged by two newcomers in Joseph Popcun and Charles Frank.

Mark Schulman

Why are you running for re-election?

I am running for a second term on the JD Board of Education because I care deeply about the JD school district.  My wife, Diane, and I are both JD graduates.  We have two sons at J-D Middle School.  Hal is in seventh grade and Max is in fifth grade.  I want to make sure all of the students in our district are provided the same high quality education my wife and I received.

If re-elected, what are some of the things you’d like to see accomplished during your term?

I advocated this year for reinstating the third elementary librarian position in next year’s budget and will continue to do so in hopes of reinstating it in the future.  I believe all three of our elementary school libraries should always be open and staffed with a full-time librarian.  This year is the first time in J-D history that we have not had a full-time librarian in each elementary building.  I think the current and future elementary students deserve a full-time librarian as my kids had and as my wife and I had at J-D.

I also want to make sure we continue to begin foreign language in sixth grade.  Last year, I supported reinstatement of the sixth grade foreign language program.  My seventh grader loves Spanish and benefited greatly from starting it in sixth grade.  I am glad my fifth grader will have the same opportunity next year.  J-D’s foreign language program beginning in sixth grade is one of the things that sets us apart from other school districts and needs to be maintained.

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