Four of the five candidates for Archbold School Board found themselves agreeing on many points during the Meet the Candidates Night, Thursday, Oct. 12.
Three candidates will be elected in the Tuesday, Nov. 7 fall General Election.
Roel Galvan, an incumbent school board member seeking reelection, could not attend the forum.
Carrianne Baden, a writein candidate, said, “My main goal for running for school board is, I respect the community. I’m proud of it, I’m proud of the kids, I’m proud of the education I was able to get here so that I could be where I’m at today.
“I want to be part of it, I want to have voice in it, and I can’t be part of it sitting in the wings, so I decided to run for school board.
Karen Beck said, “My interest in becoming a school board member is to utilize my knowledge, experience, and perspective to bring a well-rounded, fresh voice to the school board that will benefit the students, the faculty, and the community in general.”
Phil Nofziger, an incumbent seeking reelection, said, “I would not want my kids in any other district but Archbold. I’m very proud of the district. I’ve served two terms on school board; I’m seeking my third term.
“People say maybe it’s time for a change, I say I’m dedicated and I’m very passionate about Archbold.”
Jackie Wyse, a writein candidate, said, “I feel there’s no better (school district), and I would like to contribute to that.”
When asked if there was a specific issue they wanted to address if elected, all four candidates agreed there was not.
Wyse said, “I don’t really have a specific problem or issue I’ve been looking at. I have been thinking about running for the last couple of years. I want to be part of continuing the excellence that Archbold offers to our students.”
“I don’t have an agenda,” Nofziger said. “I think the school district is doing awesome.
“Do we make mistakes? Absolutely. Do I make mistakes as a board member? Absolutely. But it’s how we react to our mistakes that makes us and builds us.”
Nofziger said since Janet Wyse left, there has not been a female board member.
“I’m excited there are three (women) running– as long as they don’t beat me,” he said.
Baden agreed with Nofziger, adding that at times, women have different opinions or perspectives.
“I don’t really have an agenda or a problem with anything that’s happened in the school board at this point,” said Baden.
“I have a vested interest in the community. I have three children in the district. I now have the opportunity to be part of and have a voice in it.”
Beck said she does not have a specific agenda in mind.
“I would have to say that one of my reasons for running is out of sheer curiosity,” she said.
“I often wonder how certain decisions were made, and I’m definitely interested in being sure due diligence takes place if there is a decision or problem that arises.”