One incumbent, William Given, is seeking re-election as three school board seats are up for grabs Nov. 5.
The new faces are diverse: Gwen Bailey, president of the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association; Domenic Maiani, a United Airlines pilot; Glen Morse, a retired New London teacher and baseball coach; Bob James, a computer guy; and Cherryl Booth, a retired New London Schools bus driver; and Ken Long, who could not be reached for comment.
Said Bailey: “I can still see where there can be places to cut spending.” She’d also like to introduce the Eddie Eagle program, which promotes gun safety for children.
Said Maiani: “I want to give back to the community. They’ve been great to my family. I just want to make sure quality of education stays at the highest level it has been.” His biggest goal: improve the district’s communication with residents.
Said Morse: “I want to stay involved. Plus, we had some — how do you put it politely — some things happening over the last four or five years that are not in the best interest of our students. That’s part of the reason there’s seven people running this year. The community is ready for some changes.”
Said Booth: “I talked to a lot of different people and they said, ‘you should run, you’d be good.’ I’m fair, I’m outspoken. I have a great ability to judge what’s going on and what isn’t.”
James declined to say why he’s running, and Given could not be reached for comment.