Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

5 Candidates for Board All Back Bond Issue

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

5 Candidates for Board All Back Bond Issue

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Two incumbents and a former board member are among the five candidates seeking three seats on the St. Charles School Board.

All five support the $15 million bond issue proposal that also will be on ballot in the April 2 election.

Seeking office for the first time are Morton Todd, a pipefitter, and Dorothy Vaughn, who retired as a secretary for the district.

Seeking re-election are Marta Baier and Wayne E. Oetting. The fifth candidate is Jerry E. Reese, a former board member who lost his seat last year.

Reese said he is seeking office because he wants to see the completion of the building program, which began while he was in office. He believes it is important to expand the Lewis & Clark Career Center, not only in size but also in the number and types of courses offered.

Reese said many trades are not preparing younger people to fill job vacancies that will be created by retirements, and the center can prepare students for such jobs. Reese said he wants to maintain adequate financing in the district.

Although he supports the $15 million bond issue, Reese said it is unclear where the $4 million that is not allocated for work on the St. Charles High School would be spent. "It is not spelled out clearly," he said. "I have a concern that St. Charles West needs some work because of its year-round use" by the community. "I want to see a building-by-building listing of costs for the other $4 million," he said.

Reese was a teacher and administrator in the district for seven years in the 1980s.

Oetting, a board member for 24 years, said the real issue is making sure the district keeps up its education level while looking for ways to increase salaries and technology in the next three to five years. The district must continue to increase technology for students in kindergarten through grade 12, he said.

The board needs "to evaluate goals to find out where we will be," Oetting said. "It is important to continue to have both short- and long-range goals. …

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