Growth, Money Management, Computer Literacy Are Cited as Candidates Vie for Board

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Candidates for the Fort Zumwalt School Board cite growth, money management and computer literacy as top priorities.

The Fort Zumwalt School District is one of the fastest growing districts in the county, with an enrollment of 13,500. The district covers part of St. Peters and most of O'Fallon.

Voters will choose from nine candidates April 2 to serve three, three-year terms. Running for the seats are Scott Lewis, Barry Delfel, Barbara Unger, Glennon J. Scheulen, Ron S. Gilmore, Leon A. Wilding, Rich ard D. Heitman, Thomas L. Eddy and Kaycee Schultz-Reinish.

Scott Lewis, 27, said he would like the district to improve communication with parents and others. The district has failed to make clear its financial needs, Lewis said. He said he would like to see board meetings on cable television and someone appointed to a community-relations position. That person would promote the district and work with businesses.

Lewis, a police officer who works with the DARE program, said he also is concerned about safety.

Barry Delfel said planning, study groups and money management are his top concerns. Delfel said he disapproves of the district opening new schools with the idea of making needed additions later. The district needs more money but a more detailed plan of where the money is going, he said.

Also, he said, residents should be able to get questions answered promptly. He suggests the establishment of a hotline and a newsletter. And, he said, committees of volunteers should be formed to study concerns i n the district.

Barbara Unger, an incumbent, said growth, building schools and hiring teachers are her top concerns. Unger said she also plans to push for a stronger emphasis on computers because Fort Zumwalt students are slipping in that area.

Unger said the board has done a good job addressing students' needs. She said she would continue to push for programs to help students succeed after finishing school. She said is on a committee studying alternatives to out-of-school suspensions, such as community-service work.

Ron S. …