|Candidates for four available seats on the Antigo school board—an election that is shaping to be one of the most contentious in years—will gather Monday for a public forum on the issues.|
The event is sponsored by Results Broadcasting and the Antigo Daily Journal with assistance from the high school’s media tech class and forensics team. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Volm Theater and will wrap up by 8:30 p.m.
The public is encouraged to attend. They may also view the forum over the district’s Charter cable television channel 98/986 or listen over 900 am WATK radio. It will also be archived for future listening on the district’s website.
The candidates include incumbent Clark Palmer along with Roy Dieck, Karin Koeppel and Gail Zaverousky, Tara Fermanich Guelzow, Scott Jensema, Jeanne Long and Dr. Patrick McKenna.
They will be questioned by Drew Kelly of WATK/WACD Radio, Lisa Haefs of the Antigo Journal and Jamie Spychalla of the forensics team. Moderator will be Collin Thiex, also of the forensics team.
Each candidate will have two minutes for opening and closing statements and two minutes to answer each question posed by the panel. There will be no rebuttals.
Topics will include budgeting, consolidation, the role of school board members, adapting education to today’s technology and student involvement in district decisions.
The election is key because the board is split 4-4 and has been deadlocked for months on major issues. Advertisements from outside groups have defined the field into two distinct blocks, with Palmer, Dieck, Koeppel and Zaverousky in one, and Jensema, McKenna, Guelzow and Long in the other.
The election will be held on Tuesday, April 1.
The panel for Monday’s school board forum went over details this week. From left are panelist Drew Kelly, WATK/WACD Radio, panelist Jamie Spychalla, instructor and forensics coach Aimee Hein and moderator Collin Thiex.