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Todd Lancaster - District 1

(Le Mars)  On Tuesday, September 10th voters will go to the polls to cast their votes for school board directors.  We start the focus on Todd Lancaster.  Lancaster is the executive director for the Le Mars YMCA, and he is running unopposed in district one.  Lancaster says he has been involved with many school related committees and feels a position on the school board is the next step.

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Lancaster further explains his involvement with the Le Mars Community School District.

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Lancaster says he doesn't have any specific issues, but says he wants to see the Le Mars Community School District continue to be an excellent place for top rated education.

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Scott Kommes - District 2

In District 2 is Scott Kommes, an executive with Wells Enterprises.  Kommes has completed his first term and is seeking a second term.  Kommes is running unopposed. He says community involvement is the reason why he chose to run for the school board.

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Kommes says he would like to see the school board be able to devote more attention to the education of the students.  However, much to his surprise, school financing consumes much of the attention for the school board, especially so when the state doesn't act in a timely manner for establishing the educational budget.

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Kommes says the Le Mars Community School Board can be proud of its many accomplishments.

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Mark Hemmingson - District 3

Mark Hemmingson is a five-year member of the Le Mars Community Board of Education.  Due to re-districting, Hemmingson will face Chris Collins, both incumbents, and now both serving District 3.  Hemmingson says Le Mars community is a good school district, and he wants to see the school always strive to get the best teachers.

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Hemmingson says school financing is many times a cumbersome, but a necessary chore for school board directors. He says it may take some time to fully understand how it works.

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The attorney says it is important to understand the programs that can be offered through the school system.  Hemmingson lives within District 3, which at times is referred to as the "Clark" district because of Clark Elementary falls within the district.

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Hemmingson says he is proud of the completion of Phase 2 which added a new gymnasium, music rooms, art room, a computer lab, and activities room to the existing facility, making the Le Mars Community having the latest state of the art facilities for its students.

 

Chris Collins - District 3

Today, we focus our attention on Chris Collins.  Collins has been a member of the Le Mars Community School Board for the past 15 years.  Collins is an incumbent and will face Mark Hemmingson in the district 3 and only race for the Le Mars Community Board of Education.  Collins says voters can count on his experience.

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As we have heard from other school board candidates say, school funding was a major issue during the time Collins has been a director on the school board.

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Collins says the local school district is in much better financial shape today, and he says many of the programs that had to be cut in the past are now being brought back as part of the Le Mars Community school educational program.

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Collins points to the completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2 as some of the accomplishments that occurred while he was a director.  He says he still has goals for the school district, and many of those goals include the inclusion of technology.

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Brenda Phelan - District 4

Brenda Phelan  is the last of the candidates.  Phelan is the current president of the Le Mars Community school board, and has been a director for seven years. 
She represents District 4. Phelan says a challenge that eventually turned into an accomplishment was getting the ISL levy passed.

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Phelan points to Phase 1 and Phase 2 as other accomplishments by the Le Mars School Board.

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A goal that Phelan shares with the district is to see Le Mars Community students become even more proficient in reading...math...and science.

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