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Each general election, The Lima News provides this section profiling the candidates and issues. The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire. Miller City-New Cleveland - School Board(Choose two)Tina M. AltmanParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road G. LeipsicAge: 43Relevant experience: First grade teacher for Patrick Henry Schools. High school intervention specialist for Patrick Henry Schools. High school intervention specialist for Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center in Defiance. High school intervention specialist for Lima Senior High School. Preschool teacher for Sylvania City Schools. Preschool teacher in Napoleon and Bryan. Substitute teacher and tutor for Miller City-New Cleveland School, Henry County schools and most of Putnam County schools. Sixth grade CCD teacher for Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Volunteer 7th and 8th grade girls summer softball coach for MCNCEducation: Bachelor of education, The University of Toledo in 1990; Master of education, Bluffton University in 2008; Walsh College continuing education courses; Professional development for Northwest Ohio; The University of Findlay, Ohio real estate license; Rhodes State College, computer technology.Years living in area: 17Major issues: The state continuing to cut money from the school districts is going to be a challenge for our school district. I want Miller City-New Cleveland school to remain an excellent school district. Parents, teacher, school board members and the community working together to provide quality education for our children on a lower budget is a major issue. I would appreciate your vote and support for Miller City-New Cleveland school board.Michael L. KlearParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road E, LeipsicAge: 43Relevant experience: Employed at the Putnam County Educational Service Center as attendance officer and grant writer/coordinator for over 11 years. Through this position I have worked with many school administrators and teachers in regards to improving and changing policy, procedures and budgets due to the changing expectations of our local schools.Education: Master of arts in education from University of Findlay; Bachelor of science in criminal justice from the University of Toledo; Associate of applied science in correctional technology from the University of Toledo; Graduate of Miller City High School.Years living in area: I have lived in the Miller City-New Cleveland school district my entire life.Major issues: If elected, I will work with the current Miller City-New Cleveland school board members in setting goals and establishing policy based on any new and/or current state laws (Issue 2, H.B. 136) and the values of our community.As a MC-NC school board member I would encourage input from all parties involved in an effort to continue the success we have experienced with our students and staff regarding academic achievement and student success. I would take careful consideration in making decisions regarding the many issues surrounding the students, administrators, teachers and other staff members. I believe that my experience with students, teachers and administrators throughout Putnam County will assist me in the many responsibilities such as: setting district policy, adopting curriculum, goal setting, long range planning as well as establishing budgets.Our strong family values, good caring parents, hard working kids and strong commitment to the success of our school are assets we have in the Miller City-New Cleveland school district. These must be represented within the school board in assisting our students, teachers and administrators to give them the best educational system possible.Your vote is greatly appreciated. Thank you.Julie SchroederParty: Non-partisanResidence: Road 12, LeipsicAge: 43Relevant experience: 21 years of educational teaching experience, most of which have been at the fifth-grade level at Holgate Local Schools.Education: Graduated in 1986 from Holgate High School; bachelorís degree in elementary education in 1990, University of Toledo; masterís degree in education in curriculum and educational design in 2010, Bowling Green State University.Years living in area: More than 12 years at current residence.Major issues: I am extremely proud that my children attend a school district that has a current performance index ranking of 23rd out of 614 schools in the state of Ohio. My 21 years of educational experience have provided me with the background knowledge, work ethic, true commitment and effective communication skills that would allow me to be as asset as a school board member. I have actively participated on several grant-writing committees, completed extensive research on a variety of educational issues, often attend school board meetings and have become fully informed on past, current and upcoming legislation concerning all school districts in Ohio.With the recent decrease in funds appropriated by the state, which amounts to approximately $350,000 over a three-year period, I am concerned about the five-year financial forecast. As a farmland owner in the district, the possibility of a looming tax levy is disconcerting. As a fifth-grade teacher, I am running for this position to assist in maintaining an atmosphere in which decisions are based on the benefits and needs of the children, yet allowing for the interests of the residents of the Miller City-New Cleveland school district. The students at Miller City-New Cleveland deserve to keep the programs and activities that have helped make our district the excellent school that it is. I am on the ballot Nov. 8, and I would deeply appreciate your vote.Jeff Hermiller (write-in)Party: Non-partisanResidence: Miller City

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