Clear Fork School Board candidates talk elementary schools


By Zach Jones - zjones@civitasmedia.com



Zach Jones | The Star While Carl Gonzalez, Dan Freund and Ron Salkovick agreed that Clear Fork needs new schools, Nick Kuelling argued that the best course of action was to hold off on construction.


In an effort to inform area voters about the upcoming Clear Fork School Board election, the Bellville Star hosted a public forum, in which residents had a chance to hear candidates speak on a number of issues.

Clear Fork’s potential construction of new elementary schools has been in the forefront of public debate over the past several weeks. At the event, each candidate was asked to weigh-in with their opinion on the matter.

Three of the four candidates agreed that Clear Fork needs to update its elementary facilities, and each of those agreed that the district should construct new schools in both Butler and Bellville to maximize the schools’ impact in each community.

“Before I decided to run,” said Salkovick. “I did some research to see what would happen if we moved the school out of Butler. What I found out is it would reduce the income tax in the community by one-third. Two separate schools is the best choice.”

“I’ve been a principle of a middle school with 1000 students,” said Freund. “We had 500 8th graders 500 7th graders. I didn’t know any of the kids. I have also been proinciple of a 130 student elementary school. I got to play football at lunch with the kids. A lot of people think that combining schools would save you money but it might end up costing you money. I would recommend two separate schools in each community.”

“Do you want to impact a town by taking the elementary out of a community,” echoed Gonzalez. “I got to stand up for the two schools. I want to be able to walk down and see my grandchildren. I want the elementary schools close by. I’m for two schools.”

While Carl Gonzalez, Dan Freund and Ron Salkovick agreed that Clear Fork needs new schools, Nick Kuelling argued that the best course of action was to hold off on construction.

“I become involved on the board 12 years ago,” said Kuelling. “The state came to us then and every year after with an offer to reconstruct new elementary schools. I don’t think we are in crises, and the decision does not need to be made quickly. We can wait.”

For more of the candidates’ positions on a number of issues, check our website thebellvillestar.com for continued coverage.

Zach Jones | The Star

While Carl Gonzalez, Dan Freund and Ron Salkovick agreed that Clear Fork needs new schools, Nick Kuelling argued that the best course of action was to hold off on construction.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/10/web1_IMG_55611.jpgZach Jones | The Star

While Carl Gonzalez, Dan Freund and Ron Salkovick agreed that Clear Fork needs new schools, Nick Kuelling argued that the best course of action was to hold off on construction.

By Zach Jones

zjones@civitasmedia.com