Retired teacher joins school board

A newcomer to the Margaretta school board — but not Margaretta Schools — secured the most votes of any candidate in the area’s largest school board race Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
Alissa Widman Neese
Nov 6, 2013
Paul Schoenegge, a retired teacher of 32 years, received about 18 percent of votes. His priority is improving communication between the district and community members.

“I’m a big guy for enthusiasm and school spirit, too,” Schoenegge said. “I want to keep people enthusiastic about being Polar Bears.”

For a listing of all the election results click HERE

Voters elected current board member Elmer Lippert and newcomer Kent Miller to the remaining two board seats, with the pair receiving about 17 percent and 16 percent of votes, respectively.

Miller is an AgriGold corn specialist, Margaretta Township zoning board member, coach and Margaretta High School graduate. His priority is securing the district’s finances, he said.

“(Candidates) brought up some other issues at the debate, but it all ties back to finances,” Miller said. “I believe fiscal responsibility is the No. 1 job of any board member, no matter where you’re at.”

Current board member Steven Rankin received the least number of votes Tuesday, about 7 percent.

Each candidate elected will serve a four-year term on the board.

Margaretta school board

• Paul Schoenegge: 941

• Elmer Lippert: 828

• Kent Miller: 896

• Daniel Miller: 666

• Kent Edwards: 613

• Stephen Wiedenheft: 523

• Diana Ried: 422

• Steven Rankin: 327

Watch video of their October debate in the player below

Comments

tk

I'm happy to see that Paul Schoemegge made it on the board. I voted for him on my daughters' recommendation. She said he would be fair and would stand up for what he thought was right.