Four candidates vie for Elkhorn Valley college board seats | Information

Two incumbents and two challengers are trying to get voter assistance for a few open up seats on the Elkhorn Valley University board of training.

Jenny Schutt of Meadow Grove, Lucas Negus of Tilden and Sam Johnsen of Tilden responded to the Every day Information questionnaire with details about their respective strategies.

Challenger Tyler Tegeler of Meadow Grove failed to participate in the Everyday News’ pre-election questionnaire.

Schutt, a member of the university board due to the fact she was appointed in 2018, said she enjoys remaining a member of the board.

“I believe top quality public education is important for a community and the learners and family members that it serves,” Schutt explained. “I sense that currently being a guardian of younger kids can help me to be in a position to advocate for the district’s pupils and households.”

Schutt, her spouse, Mike, and their 4 kids have lived on a farm south of Meadow Grove around the past 14 decades. In excess of her 14-yr span as a registered nurse, Schutt has labored at Faith Regional Wellness Expert services in Norfolk.

Schutt also has been a member of several committees and oriented new nurses throughout the facility. She received her bachelor’s of science in nursing diploma from the College of Nebraska Medical Center College or university of Nursing in Lincoln in 2006, graduating with significant difference.

“I am actively included in my family’s farming and cattle procedure. I am also an active member of the church where I instruct Sunday faculty, operate in the nursery and am a member of the leadership crew,” Schutt said. “I am actively concerned in the neighborhood helping with coaching youth sports activities, staying a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and sitting down on the area daycare board.”

Schutt stated she feels that staying a guardian of younger youngsters will help her to be in a posture to advocate for the district’s pupils and families. She claimed her purpose in the loved ones farming procedure aids deliver agricultural understanding to the university board.

“I believe the Elkhorn Valley Faculty District delivers a excellent education to the learners it serves,” Schutt said. “I would be honored to symbolize the communities of Tilden and Meadow Grove by being elected to the Elkhorn Valley University board of education and learning this November.”

A different applicant, Lucas Negus, hasn’t held any elected general public workplaces beforehand, but he has held various leadership roles on boards for skilled companies around the yrs.

“I am jogging for the university board to present community service to our communities,” Negus explained. “I have wanted to provide on the fireplace department in the earlier, but rural living and performing out of town tends to make that assistance impractical. Serving on our college board is a wonderful way to aid guide our successful faculty procedure and help ensure it stays prosperous for many years to appear.”

Negus, his wife, Sabrina, and their four sons, live in Tilden. He obtained his education from Elkhorn Valley Higher Faculty and is a wildlife biologist serving as a wildlife district manager for the northeast district of the Nebraska Recreation and Parks Fee in Norfolk.

“One cause I believe that I’m a prospect really worth supporting is the dual perspective I can give,” Negus stated. “As an employee of a community company guided by a commission (similar to a college board), I can see from viewpoint of faculty administrators — the value of making certain that cash are utilized effectively and properly, as very well as the importance of ensuring staff members have the satisfactory methods they require to provide the best service and products doable.”

Negus is also a taxpayer in the university district, and he claimed he wants support make certain tax dollars for training are utilised appropriately and to the maximum prospective.

“In the long run, I want the finest education and learning knowledge for our little ones,” Negus claimed.

There are 3 critical concerns Negus wants to address.

“Initially, continuing to manual our college program via the hard COVID-19 pandemic. Second, there is a fair possibility in the coming years there will be assets tax alterations and or condition assist to rural faculty improvements that will effect procedure of our faculty technique. Third, continuing the development of our college for the reward of our kids and communities of Tilden and Meadow Grove,” Negus reported.

Sam Johnsen, a health care imaging income agent, is involved in a lot of organizations all-around the local community. He is on the fund advisory committee for the Tilden-Meadow Grove Group Foundation, is president of the Tilden Young Men’s Club, board member of EV Wrestling Club and member of Our Girl of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Johnsen mentioned he desires to continue to give back to the neighborhood by working for a situation on the Elkhorn Valley College board.

“I imagine it is important to give again to the group and be associated in the choices that are built for our youth,” Johnsen said. “I hope to supply a new perspective and increase to the power of the board of education and learning.”

Johnsen, his spouse, Danielle, and four sons stay in the Tilden and Meadow Grove space, exactly where they plan on being for a very long time.

“I moved my loved ones back to the Tilden/Meadow Grove location because I actually believe that it is a distinctive put,” Johnsen explained. “This is wherever we selected to increase and teach our children. I’m lively in the local community and am absolutely vested in the accomplishment of the college.”

Johnsen explained he would bring a different viewpoint to increase to the board as he has a deep regard for those who educate and care for our youth, nevertheless will be a strong steward for the taxpayers. This goes alongside with the vital challenges he would like to address.

“Building on existing favourable momentum and tackle any issues of growing course sizes, exploring the validity of early childhood education and learning programs, becoming a useful resource to the board, as a well being care specialist, as we navigate through the pandemic and building selections that have an impact on not only the college, but the community as a whole,” Johnsen mentioned.