New candidate emerges in race for school board
ORFORDVILLE — A second write-in candidate has emerged to help fill the empty ballot for the Parkview School Board in the April election.
Nate Valley of rural Footville is a member of the district's long-range facility planning committee and has registered as a write-in candidate.
School board members Terry Gerber and Troy Knudson are not seeking re-election, and the next board faces some big decisions.
The district is in the middle of long-range facility planning, and the next board likely will decide whether to seek a facility referendum based on an ongoing study.
Jason Augustine of Orfordville already has registered as a write-in candidate.
Valley said he didn't have plans to run but found his committee work interesting.
Valley and his wife, Laurie, have two daughters, ages 3 and 8, and a son, age 6.
"I'm a concerned parent and want the best for my kids and my neighbors' kids," he said.
Valley said he wants to help move the district forward in a positive direction as it unifies after the closing of Newark Elementary last year.
His family has lived in the district about eight years, so he said he comes in with a fresh, open mind to planning for the future.
Valley said he doesn't have any set goals for building a new high school, but he would like to unify the district.
That probably means eventually closing the school in Footville.
"It will depend on what the community wants and what we can afford to do," he said.
Valley grew up in Janesville. He earned an associate's degree in fire protection from Madison Area Technical College.
He served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves and is a firefighter for the city of Milwaukee.