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New board members taking notes

LAMOILLE — Newly-elected District No. 303 school board candidates sat in on the regular meeting Monday night. Roger Moore and Earl Stuepfert sat quietly listening and making notes, as they prepared for the May meeting when they will be taking their place at the table.

Moore, a retired worker, defeated opponents Kevin Hildebrand (22.6 percent) and incumbent Mary Anne Schwingle (17.1 percent) garnering 269 votes (28.9 percent), while Stuepfert received 293 votes (31.5 percent) to win an unchallenged seat.

The Monday night school board meeting provided a good glimpse into the financial issues board members have to work through each month during the school year. When asked about the budgeting process Stuepfert said, “You have to do what you have to do ... You have to prioritize, like they are doing, and then spend where it does the most good.”

Moore called the process a must, “I think you need to go through it every month no matter how long it takes.” About the pressures of budgeting and having to make cuts Moore added he is willing to look at anything except classroom education; he specifically mentioned music. “I’m not in favor of cutting music or chorus or anything like that ... I’d hate to cut any sports, but I’d cut a sport before I would cut teachers.”

Stuepfert said, “I think you have to look at (everything) and see that what you are going to cut has the least amount of impact on the educational process. (You have to) get the most bang for your buck is what I am saying.”

Regarding winning the election, Stuepfert said, “I am looking forward to it. I think it will be a challenge."
Moore agreed with Stuepfert’s statement adding, “I just want to do what is best for the school district.”
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