Three elected to Edgerton School Board
Edgerton School Board
*Sue Tronnes (I) 1,865
*Amy Horn-Delzer (I) 1,691
*James Salimes 1,174
Donald McFarlane 1,070
EDGERTON The three candidates elected to the Edgerton School Board said Tuesday the district’s budget and declining enrollment would be the biggest challenges in the next several years.
Incumbent Sue Tronnes, 46, of 739 Highway 73, Edgerton, incumbent Amy Horn-Delzer, 47, of 6400 W. Valley Springs Road, Janesville, and James Salimes, 40, of 9208 N. County H, Edgerton, were elected to the school board.
Donald McFarlane, 40, of 137 Forest Ave., Edgerton, was not elected.
The school district has plugged a possible $1.3 million district deficit with pay cuts written into a teachers contract extension.
The district also has faced a trend of sinking enrollments and declining state shared revenue.
The next school board will have to find solutions to budget and enrollment issues.
Tronnes said the contract with teachers and support staff should prevent layoffs or program cuts. She said sinking enrollment is a concern, although enrollment figures are difficult to predict.
“Definitely, when you have declining enrollment, you have less funding, so that’s definitely a concern,” Tronnes said.
She said her goal is to continue doing what is best for students while maintaining a strong school district. She also wants to work on energy saving programs to cut costs.
Horn-Delzer said she hopes to retain students and keep them in the district. She said her long-term goals include improving student test scores and tweaking the curriculum to meet the district’s needs.
Horn-Delzer said the district is well on its way to handling the budget problems. She said the budget would be an ongoing discussion as time goes on.
Salimes said he looks forward to working with the school board and administration to keep the district’s high standards. He said a good working relationship with teachers is important.
Salimes said it would be challenging to offer students the same education while cutting costs. He said the district would need to find creative solutions to solve its enrollment and budget problems.