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New candidate files for Blair Oaks school board

New candidate files for Blair Oaks school board

January 9th, 2019 in Local News

Calvin Wilbers

Another person filed Tuesday as a candidate for Blair Oaks R-2's Board of Education, the third person running for two open seats in the April election.

Calvin Wilbers, a 2008 graduate of Blair Oaks, filed Tuesday to run for one of two, two-year term positions available on the board.

The other two candidates are incumbent board members Mark Brandt and Jason Paulsmeyer, who were selected by the board to fill vacancies and were sworn in last July.

Wilbers was among the six applicants who were interviewed for those two positions.

"The board is doing a great job, and I want to be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge and experience you have," he said in his interview in June.

Incumbent board members Greg Russell and John Weber are also running for two three-year term positions.

Wilbers said Tuesday he was born and raised in Wardsville and is a 2012 graduate of Lincoln University, where he majored in computer information systems.

He said he does not have any children, and he's never run for another public office before.

"I'd like to accomplish the same amount of success that the district's been able to have over the years," he said, adding "I'd say the single greatest reason I'm running is to be back, part of the school again — help continue the success of the district for my generation's kids. Passing of the torch."

He added he's definitely not against a new high school for the district, but wants to have a closer look at what it would take to finance it.

The district may ask voters in April to approve the building of a new high school that would be located across Falcon Lane from the current Blair Oaks Middle School, but finding a way to afford the project — even in two phases — given the district's limited bonding capacity is a challenge the school board has been trying to work out for months.

The board is having another special meeting tonight at 4:30 p.m. in the middle school library to further discuss the new high school and talk about funding options, but Superintendent Jim Jones said Monday he did not anticipate any decisions would be made.

The board is having its regular monthly meeting Jan. 15 — the last day for candidates to file. Jan. 22 is the deadline for ballot issues to be certified with the county clerk.