CAYUGA, Ind. — Nine candidates seek a seat on the North Vermillion School Board, with six of them running for the Eugene Township seat.
Newcomer Mark Swingle is unopposed for a Highland Township seat.
Ron Dunavan, Jason D. McLain, Terra D. Naylor, Amy Lynn Sheppard, April L. Starkey and John M. Yoho are running for the open seat in Eugene Township.
McLain, Naylor and Yoho responded to a Commercial-News survey sent to all contested candidates.
"I am running for the North Vermillion School Board because I am interested in seeing that our children have the tools and guidance needed to succeed in life," said McLain. "Education is my high priority."
Naylor cited a similar reason.
"I am a North Vermillion alumna and chose to stay in this area to raise my children so that they also could attend North Vermillion," she said. "I feel very rooted to the school and believe in everything that it stands for. I feel that I can be a positive influence in decision making for the corporation and help guide with high standards, morals and ethics."
Yoho said he wants to continue the efforts and dedication made by the previous school boards.
"(I want) to maintain North Vermillion’s reputation as a quality educational institution and a safe and secure facility for our children," he said.
Naylor said the biggest issue facing North Vermillion is the new evaluations for teachers.
"A few issues that North Vermillion is dealing with is the implementation of the RISE evaluations for teachers to be paid based on performance, advancing technology for every student as the use of textbooks is becoming a thing of the past, and making the elementary and high schools desirable so that enrollment does not decline since students can now choose where they want to go to school," she said. "As a board member, I could help support these issues through having a clear understanding of the corporation finances and making sure adequate funding is available for the technology plan and the future needs that will exist so our students are able to excel. I will vote on issues based upon what I feel is morally and ethically correct and in the best interest of the student body."