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August 29, 2013

Squaring Off: Clinton School Board candidates participate in forum


“I would like to see that there is a basic expectation that all kids must participate in at least come extra-curricular every year,” she said. “I think it could make a huge difference in some children’s lives and bring some people into the fold that maybe we didn’t know had a lot to offer,” she said.

If she was forced to make budget cuts as part of a board, Evers said she would continue with the district’s pattern of using data and measurable impact to make cuts rather than unfounded beliefs.

She also challenged the board to look toward the next generation of Clinton taxpayers, which consists of Clinton students.

“We must acknowledge that and work harder for our children to succeed whether they are college bound or workplace bound. Successful vocational experience will have a direct effect on the future of this community,” she said.


Gettes, also a school psychologist with decades of experience working in the Clinton School District, said he has formed positive relationships during his time working in the district.

Part of his motivation to run for school board came from Wolf’s decision not to seek re-election.

“I feel like it’s important for a school board to have a very diverse representation with the fields they represent and with Mercia Wolf leaving there’s kind of a void with the education background right now and I think that I could fill that void,” Gettes said.

He cited three areas that he has particular interest in: cutting down the number of students who have open enrolled out of the Clinton School District to other districts, advocating for the school board to add a volunteer requirement for high school graduation and continuing and improving the positive environments in schools.

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