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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. Upper Scioto Valley - School board(Choose two)David HolbrookParty: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 235, RoundheadNancy OsbornParty: RepublicanResidence: Township Road 180, WaynesfieldAge: Relevant experience: Involved in education at several levels, including high school teacher at Indian Lake, adult and high school administration at Ohio Hi Point Career Center; currently work with school districts as Northwest Ohio Regional Tech Prep consultant at Rhodes State College; experience of working with many very good, small school districts in west central Ohio has given me a wide perspective on what is effective in preparing students for their future.Education: Bachelorís degree from Ohio State University; masterís degree in vocational administration from Kent State University.Years living in area: My husband and I have lived in the Upper Scioto Valley school district for 38 years and have two children who are graduates of USV.Major issues: The main issue is the lack of public confidence and trust in how the district is being operated. I believe one of the highest priorities is establishing clear goals and school policy for the district which provide objective and equal benefits to all.Parents have many choices today in how their children are educated and what school they attend. Itís essential for the sake of our community that Upper Scioto Valley find ways of communicating to the residents, of finding new ways of collaborating in order to conserve its resources, of focusing on its students and teachers to raise the level of learning to prepare students to be successful for their future.It will take a team effort to hire a superintendent to provide leadership which reflects the three communitiesí values.Spencer WilliamsParty: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 235, AlgerAge: 18Campaign website: spencer-williams.comRelevant experience: Hardin County Farm Bureau board trustee for Marion Township; member, USV Lions Club; vice president, International Future Educators Association.Education: Graduated from Upper Scioto Valley in 2011; current full-time student at Ohio State University-Lima, studying agriculture and extension education.Years living in area: Lifelong resident.Major issues: The lack of forward thinking, communication, concern and common sense has plagued the functionally of USV. These problems prompted a decline in district morale, slacking test scores and a dissipating general fund. This must change first and foremost. Currently, the board has accepted a five-year forecast including deficit spending; we have to act now to get the spending under control or risk further reductions within the district staffing. A district the size of USV should not be spending the amount we do for our elaborate facilities. The district leadership must assure that proper classroom and lab equipment is furnished and in working condition. USV needs to update textbooks and technology to stay competitive with other districts. Although this is spending, it is an investment in our students and their education. The USV community needs to remind itself of the sole purpose of the school, for education. USV is being out-performed in many aspects, and we must form committees of teachers, staff and administrators dedicated to tackling these educational barriers. My very fresh experience within the district will provide insight and firsthand experience to the problems and issues inundating the school district for the past 20 months. I am a candidate with an open mind and a willingness to listen from the experts, including the district students, parents and staff. I do not have all the answers, and I will not try to convince anyone that I do, but I am dedicated to rebuilding a strong, healthy, financially viable school district. Upper Scioto Valley - School board (unexpired term)(Choose one)Barry CampbellParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 80, AlgerBill LoweryParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 80, AlgerAge: 59Relevant experience: 6 years with USV Board of Education; USVís representative to Ohio Hi-Point Career Center; 37 years of financial experience with Huntington Bank, Lima.Education: 1970 graduate of Upper Scioto Valley School; 1973 graduate of UNOH, LimaYears living in area: Life long resident of Upper Scioto Valley school districtMajor issues: Like most schools our funding is the biggest issue. When the state and federal funding accounts for 80 percent of our operating money there is not a lot we can do. USV has a unique opportunity to have some control of future funding. The wind energy project in our district is close to reality. USV residents need to support this project that will mean so much to our school.

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