The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 19, 2013

Deadline looms for school board elections

By Katie Dahlstrom Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — With the Aug. 1 deadline to file paperwork quickly approaching, three people have filed to fill Clinton School Board positions.

Current board member Jack Wenzel is the only incumbent who has filed paperwork to appear on the Sept. 10 ballot. Wenzel will finish his first term this year and is one of four board members with expiring terms.

Wenzel, 51, has lived in Clinton for 24 years and works as a maintenance supervisor for Archer Daniels Midland. He has two children who attend Clinton High School.

He is running for re-election on the board in order to be a part of the district's progress.

"I think we've got a lot of good things going on at the school district," Wenzel said. "I want to see the middle school project completed and I think we are doing some good things with the curriculum and I want to see those things through."

Board member Mercia Wolf stated during the June board meeting that she would not seek re-election. Board President Gregg Obren and Vice President Missey Sullivan-Pope also face expiring terms, but have yet to file for spots on the ballot.

So far, two residents have decided they would like to join the Clinton School Board.

Eric Gettes, 56, is a 33-year resident of Clinton who has had two children go through Clinton schools with a third a sophomore at Clinton High School.

He worked as a school psychologist for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency before retiring a year ago and taking a position working in special education for the Riverdale School District in Port Byron, Ill.

"Serving on the school board is something that has always interested me, but I thought my position with the AEA created a conflict of interest. Since I'm retired I thought now would be the right time," Gettes said.

Dana Evers also will appear on the ballot. Evers worked as school psychologist for the AEA for 30 years. When her husband died she took over his business Riverside Custom Woodworking.

Evers, 55, has lived in Clinton for 32 years and both her sons went through the Clinton school system.

Being a Clinton School Board member has always intrigued her.

"I feel like I finally have the time to commit to it. I feel very strongly about education both in general and in clinton. I don't have an axe to grind or an agenda, my goal is to provide the best education for our students," she said.