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by Jessica Brophy
Susan Ford, two-year term
Because she wanted to be more involved with the town and give back to the community, Ford was appointed to fill a vacancy last year. As someone with managerial business experience, she sees parallels between running a business and overseeing the school system.
“You have to figure out the numbers, and how they come together and why,” said Ford.
The challenge for the Sedgwick school system will be making sure there is enough money to “give children the education they deserve,” especially as state funding continues to be cut.
Ford is pleased with the new superintendent, Mark Jenkins, and looking forward to working more with him. “He’s pulling everyone together in the same direction,” said Ford of Jenkins.
Ashley Pesek (write-in)
Pesek is running for a second three-year term. She wants to continue to be part of the process of “representing the needs of children.” Pesek, who is a social worker, says she has a “vested interest and voice” in the community.
Pesek sees her role as a school board member as balancing the academic success of students with fiscal responsibility.
“A dollar doesn’t stretch as far as it used to,” said Pesek about the challenges of being a school board member.
Pesek said her proudest achievement as a school board member was being a part of bringing a Gifted and Talented coordinator to the school. “We’re really starting to see some impact and success of that,” said Pesek.