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Swanson joins two incumbents on Evansville School Board

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GINA R. HEINE
April 1, 2008
— It took two tries, but newcomer Kathi Swanson will join two incumbents on the Evansville School Board.

Incumbents Dennis Hatfield and Michael Pierick brought in the most votes to retain their seats.


“We look forward to maintaining and improving the quality we’ve established over there,” Hatfield said.


Pierick said it’s especially pleasing to know that voters think the incumbents are doing a “pretty good job.”


“That means that I think we can continue a lot of what we’re doing—managing the district very conservatively from a fiscal standpoint, watching our enrollments carefully and continuing with our general planning for facilities needs in the future, but slowly and carefully,” he said.


Hatfield said it’s always good to have “a certain amount of continuity,” but adding Swanson to the board will bring a fresh perspective with new ideas.


Pierick welcomed Swanson but also said the board will miss Mike Larson, who has served nine years, he said. Larson did not seek re-election.


Dealing with the effects of the staggering economy on the district’s budget and managing the area’s residential growth will be the top issues facing the board, Hatfield said.


Swanson said she’s just looking forward to getting involved.


“I think it’ll be nice to be able to just learn from the experience (on the board),” she said. “I’m more interested in getting into the nitty gritty of the student issues.”



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