After one Whitewater School Board member decided not to seek re-election and another resigned in the fall, three candidates have stepped forward to fill three seats in the spring election.
Tom Ganser, Jean Linos and incumbent Kelly Davis will be on the April 3 ballot. Incumbent Dan McCrea is not running for re-election.
Tom Ganser, a freelance correspondent and photographer for newspapers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, was appointed last month to fill the seat left open after Gretchen Torres’ resignation.
Ganser emphasized his experience in education, which includes a job as director of the UW-Whitewater Office of Field Experiences, as well as other teaching jobs at UW-W and other schools.
Ganser said he thought it was the right time in his life to run for school board. He has lived in the area since 1990 and said he wants to make sure Whitewater’s diverse cultures are represented in the school district’s operations and goals.
Jean Linos is an independent insurance agent who also sought to fill the vacancy on the board. She has children in Whitewater schools and a husband who teaches at Whitewater High School.
She said she wants to examine the school schedule, which doesn’t give students long enough breaks so they can decompress.
She said students have few days off between the start of the school year and Thanksgiving.
Linos also said she wants the strings and orchestra programs to be offered during the school day so students don’t have to choose between that and athletics, which take place after school.
Kelly Davis, the only incumbent running, is wrapping up her first term on the board.
Davis, who was elected in April 2015, is the community relations program manager for Generac Power Systems.
In an email, she said she decided to run again because she cares about the community and wants to continue serving students.
Issues that are important to her include poverty, the district’s budget and school security.