BHM School Board Election Results

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Wednesday Nov 8, 17
Two Incumbents Reelected, One New Member Joins the Board

On Tuesday, November 7 voters went to the polls to vote for up to three BHM School Board candidates. Two incumbents, Ken Odgen and Bob Sansevere, will return to the school board to serve a four year term. Candidate Amanda Reineck won by 13 votes over incumbent Stan Vander Kooi. The new board will start in January 2018. Here is the breakdown of the results:

2017 BHM School Board
Election Results

Precinct 
BuffaloHanoverMontroseAbsenteeTotal Votes
MaryCathleen Fenske177173416244
Ken Ogden387444024495
Amanda Reineck325445617442
Bob Sansevere329444720440
Stan Vander Kooi329443323429
Write-In812 11
Over Vote000
0
Under Vote200311914264
Total1,7552252311142,325
Number of Voters585757738775

Ken Ogden

**Ken Ogden
Residence: Buffalo

Years in the district: 44

Family: 3 children, all graduated from Buffalo.  

Occupation: Retired

Why you want to serve on the BHM School Board? I've always felt it's important to give back to your community.  I love the life education has given me and my family, and I'd like to help others.

What qualities you will bring to the school board if elected?
Experience-I ran a successful business for 32 years, served on many boards, President of four non-profits and church.  Empathy-daughter is current teacher in St. Cloud, wife was ESP at both Buffalo and Rockford.  I coached in the district many years, mentored in both middle school and high school.  Knowledge-served on current board for five years and have a decent understanding of school finance.

What do you believe is the most important issue facing education today?
Equitable funding of all public schools on an even footing.  Our students, our kids, deserve the same funding as property rich schools.  At our current rate of funding by the State, we will not be able to maintain our current programs and class sizes.  Ours is a public, not private school.
 

Amanda Reineck

Amanda Reineck
Residence: Buffalo

Years in the district:
12

Family: I reside in Buffalo with my husband, Erich, and two children, Camden and Cate.  My children attend school at Buffalo Community Middle School and Tatanka Elementary STEM School.

Occupation:
Early Childhood Teacher.  I have taught in an early childhood classroom for 20 years.

Why you want to serve on the BHM School Board? BHM School District provides an outstanding education for its students.  My children are benefiting from this excellent education, and I would like to play a part in building upon its success for future BHM students.

What qualities will you bring to the school board if elected? I am a team player who will work hard to achieve goals set in front of me. I am a good listener, and I will use the information I'm given to complete the task at hand as well as seek out answers to questions of concern. 

What do you believe is the most important issue facing education today? Funding.  How do we use the resources allocated by the state and voted on by taxpayers to continue to provide a high standard of learning for all students attending BHM Schools? How do we find a balance between the needs of our students and staff while being responsible recipients of taxpayer funds? I'm ready to work with current board members to solve problems, build on our success, and create a bright future for our children.

 

Bob Sansevere

**Bob Sansevere

Residence: Buffalo

Years in the district:
5

Family: My wife Mary and I have five children - Samantha, 22, Sawyer, 20, Spencer, 15, Shane 11, Sienna 8. All five have either gone through or currently are enrolled in the district.

Occupation:
Writer and broadcaster

Why you want to serve on the BHM School Board? When I was younger, I wanted to change the world. As I've gotten older, I have realized it is even more important to have a positive impact in my little corner of the world. That is why I served for eight years on the Orono City Council, why I did foster care with my wife and why I wanted to be a member of the BHM School board.

What qualities you will bring to the school board if elected?
Above all, as an incumbent, I have an understanding of what the district does best as well as an understanding of what still needs work.

What do you believe is the most important issue facing education today? The overriding issue really doesn't change over time. It is to prepare our children for the life that lies ahead of them by offering educational and social support and skill sets.



Stan Vander Kooi

**Stan Vander Kooi
Residence: Buffalo

Years in the district:
37

Family: Both of my children graduated from BHM. Both are married and live in the BHM District. One grandchild has graduated from BHM and the other 5 grandchildren are currently in the BHM School District.

Occupation: Retired Adult Farm Management Instructor. Currently farm 250 acres.

Why you want to serve on the BHM School Board? I want a quality education for all students so that each student can develop their talents and abilities and succeed in the future. We want the students to see that they can be involved in every inch of what the world offers in opportunities.

What qualities you will bring to the school board if elected? Having been involved in the Wright County area with agricultural finances for the past 37 years, I understand the financial implications of a good education. I have also held many leadership responsibilities in church and Wright County organizations.

What do you believe is the most important issue facing education today?
Finding areas in which each student can excel. Thus, we are preparing students for work-related careers and postsecondary opportunities.

 

MaryCathleen Fenske

MaryCathleen Fenske
Residence: Buffalo

Years in the district:
3

Family: I have a daughter who started kindergarten this fall and two children who will attend school in Buffalo once they are old enough.

Occupation:
Attorney

Why you want to serve on the BHM School Board? I want to serve on the BHM School Board to help shape the future of our school district, ensuring that all students have the opportunity for the best education possible.

What qualities you will bring to the school board if elected? As an attorney I am experienced in negotiations, applying rules and regulations to a given situation, and listening to people's wants and needs and then working on a creative solution to obtain the best possible outcome.

What do you believe is the most important issue facing education today? The most important issue facing education today is ensuring that we can offer the best education possible while staying within the given budget. For example, offering students language classes as early as kindergarten, making sure that they are receiving top nutrition in the meals at school, and that teachers have the classroom supplies they need.