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Two posts open on Clinton School Board

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ANN MARIE AMES
March 27, 2009
— As the Clinton School District looks to move forward after a failed referendum, one newcomer challenges two incumbents for two seats on the school board.

Homemaker and part-time basketball coach Greta Rath faces church director Randy Gracyalny and farmer Rob McConnell.


Gracyalny has served on the board since 1998; McConnell has served one term.


Randy Gracyalny (I)

Address: 140 Milwaukee Road, Clinton.


Age: 51


Job: Director of liturgy and music at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Beloit.


Education: Graduated from Clinton High School in 1975; earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Milton College in 1979.


Community service: Volunteers for many church activities including the fish fry, the silent auction and raffles.


Elected posts: Clinton School Board member since 1998.


Major campaign issues: "One challenge is helping everyone understand the changes that have and continue to take place in education to prepare children to compete in a global economy. The world is changing so much faster than it ever has, and we need to adapt to that."


Robert S. McConnell (I)

Address: 12826 E. County X, Clinton.


Age: 43


Job: Farmer; owner and operator of Sylvan Learning Center, Delavan.


Education: Attended UW-Platteville in 1983 and 1984; took business management classes at Blackhawk Technical College in 2001.


Community service: Member of the Rock County Beef Producers and Rock County 4-H Fair boards.


Elected posts: Is finishing his first three-year term on the Clinton School Board.


Major campaign issues: "I want to see the student achievement grow from bottom to top. We're putting measurements in place with the new administration. That was one of the goals when we hired her (Pam Kiefert.) Our administrators are putting that into place. Also, I think the referendum is a needed and wise investment in the district."


Greta N. Rath

Address: 808 Sue Lane, Clinton.


Age: 32


Job: Full-time stay-at-home mom; part-time Clinton High School freshman girls basketball coach; part-time cook at Cougar Lanes.


Education: Graduated from Superior High School in 1995; earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan Technological University in 1999; earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2002.


Community service: Member of the Clinton Community School District Secondary Math Task Force in 2008.


Elected posts: None so far.


Major campaign issues: "To focus on educational standards and curriculum. Being on the math task force opened my eyes to how things are being run. I want to show others that it's OK to expect more from our children. In the end, we are only making our children stronger, smarter and more prepared."



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