Three going for two open seats on Williams Bay School Board

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
— Three people are vying for two open seats on the Williams Bay School Board.

One incumbent, who has served on the school board for three years, is seeking re-election. She faces a challenge from two newcomers, both of whom are active in the schools.

Incumbent Jane Smith, who has served on the school board for nine years, has withdrawn from the race, although her name still will appear on the ballot. They are:


Dianna Woss (I)

Age: 64

Address: 2721 Theater Road, Williams Bay.

Job: Resource center coordinator, George Williams College, Williams Bay.

Education: Bachelor's degree in education, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill., 1967.

Community service: Member of the Williams Bay School Foundation Board; member of the Family Resource Coalition of Walworth County.

Elected posts: Williams Bay School Board member, 2007-present.

Major campaign issues: To maintain the Williams Bay schools' long tradition of academic excellence while operating under sound fiscal management, and to study, develop and implement a 10-year plan for district-wide buildings and properties.


Roberta Pollak

Age: 41

Address: 4914 Bailey Road, Delavan.

Job: Co-owner, Rob's Walworth Electric, Delavan; substitute teacher.

Education: Bachelor's degree in sports fitness, UW-La Crosse, 1991.

Community service: Girl Scout leader; member of the Williams Bay School-Community Association; former soccer coach.

Elected posts: none

Major campaign issue: I would like to help build a stronger curriculum, improve the elementary school and improve communication between the district staff and the community.


Catherine Butler (write-in)

Age: 41

Address: 340 Smythe Drive, Williams Bay.

Job: Stay-at-home mom; former pediatric nurse.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 1990; bachelor's degree in nursing, Carroll College, Waukesha, 1996.

Community service: Member of the Barrett Memorial Library Board, 2009-present; softball coach; volunteer with art and Fun Fair at Williams Bay Elementary School; former vice president of the Williams Bay School-Community Association.

Elected posts: none

Major campaign issue: I would like to balance the budget and keep as many current programs in place and work to retain and attract students. I also would like to see more community involvement in the schools. I really would like to see a good working relationship between the school board, staff and community.

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