Jamesville 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.
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.