School Board Election: Why Are You the Best Candidate for School Board?

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 10/24/2012 - 23:53

There are four candidates running for two open six-year terms on the boards. Smita Nagpal, Diane Friese, Karen Delhey and Paul Hynek will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.  The candidates have paired off to run as teams, with Nagpal and Friese running as one team and Delhey and Hynek running as the other. Voters, however, are free to choose any two they wish.

See the candidates side-to-side when the Saline High School student group Students Reinvesting In a Valuable Education (STRIVE) hosts a candidates forum at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 25 at Saline Middle School.

Here is our final question of school board members:

Why are you the best candidate for school board? 

Paul Hynek

My family, like many others, moved to Saline (1994) for the education excellence we’ve all come to expect. Lately, some of those expectations, for various reasons, have started to show some signs of “wear and tear”. Have we stopped being innovative? Has the passion diminished? Are we just resting on our laurels? I believe the answer to all these questions is a resounding “NO”. I’ve been in our school buildings since 1995 when my oldest daughter started at Pooh Corner. I’ll still be there when my youngest son graduates in 2016, and after that. I’ve seen (and will see) plenty of amazing things during that span. I think this combination of community service along with my prior service on the school board gives me a great (and sometimes unique) perspective of where we’ve been and where we need to go. I feel that if elected, I, along with all stakeholders, can make a difference in collaboratively moving the district forward. The tone and direction start with the board and I hope to make that a positive experience for everyone. Read more at:

Smita Nagpal

With an advanced degree in psychology, a minor in educational psychology, and experience running a service-oriented business that has been thriving in Saline for 8 years, I am an excellent candidate for the School Board. If the community wants someone on the Board who understands child development, is skilled in looking at data, and can provide informed input on educational concerns, I am the person for the job. If the community wants someone who is a trained listener, respects diverse opinions, and has a track record of collaboration, I am the person for the job. If the community wants someone who can bring focus back to the quality of education and the very important social-emotional needs of our children, I believe I am the person for the job. 

Diane Friese

Having spent much of my life committed to the prospect of growing an informed and involved populous, support for Public Education has become a part of my bones. Teaching is not a vocation, rather it is an avocation. While I bring passion to the table, I also bring reason, stability, and  educational experience. 

Karen Delhey

I think one of my greatest assets is something the board needs right now and that is the ability to bring people together. Right now the board is lacking a cohesiveness that is causing a lot of white noise around everything they do. I don’t come into this with my own personal agenda or anyone else’s. I come with the best interests of the students and stakeholders of the Saline School District.

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Saline School Board Election: Athletics Fees

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Saline School Board Education: Online Learning

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Saline School Board Election: Enrollment/Schools of Choice





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