Spring 2014 Election
Edgerton School Board has a new, 20-year-old member
EDGERTON—The Edgerton School Board has a new face: a 20-year old former Edgerton High School student.
According to unofficial vote totals in Rock, Dane and Jefferson counties, Jordan Wileman a UW-Whitewater student and Edgerton High School graduate, won one of three open seats on the school board in Tuesday's election.
Wileman beat out incumbent James Salimes by just 63 votes, while incumbents Sue Tronnes and Amy Horn-Delzer held onto their seats.
“I got a little nervous up to the elections coming in, but I was still pretty confident,” said Wileman, a member of student government at UW-Whitewater. “People have known my excitement for government for a long time, and they were excited to cast their ballot with a vote for me. I'm very thankful for people entrusting me to serve them.”
Wileman, who ran on a platform of fiscal conservativeness and said he wanted to see a high school student appointed to the board as an advisory member, said he's looking forward to meeting with Superintendent Dennis Pauli and top school officials in a few days to discuss short-term school district issues.
“I'll get a bigger picture of things I can work on together with the board in a couple days,” he said.
Tronnes, the election's top vote getter, said she's looking forward to serving a fourth term on the board. She sees continued development of technology as one of the district's top priorities.
“We just had a referendum about a year and a half ago which included some technology (infrastructure work). All of those projects are getting completed. The huge, district-wide technology upgrade, it's something we'll be focusing. We've got a huge investment there, and it's something we have to concentrate on fully utilizing,” she said.
“I'm looking forward to working with Jordan. He'll have a new perspective and it (having a young school board member) is really something fresh for the district,” Tronnes said. “It's a large board, so there's a variety of different perspectives coming in. It's good. I'm sure Jordan will work hard just like the rest of us on this board.”
Horn-Delzer, who said she sees the need for the district to focus on increasing achievement through new district-wide math, English and reading standards, could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.