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October 27, 2012

North Vermillion school board races attract candidates

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CAYUGA, Ind. —

Bemis said the biggest issue is "a continuing decline in enrollment, resulting in lower state and federal dollars; the lack of adequate jobs and housing for families with children within our community; and the political push from the state to close down small schools and small school districts in favor of larger and farther from our home communities.

"We must work together to bring economic growth and development to the district, as well as improvements to infrastructure, to attract new business and industry and create a market for adequate housing development. Our school curriculum and staff continues to draw in students from other school districts to transfer to North Vermillion. Now we need to bring their parents along with them."

Bemis favors shared classes.

"We share many class offerings through our vocation co-op and the PVETI interlocal arrangements already. By working with other districts we can offer a wider variety of classes that a single school could not support alone. Cooperation between the neighboring school districts can hopefully avoid the need for consolidation."

Jason McLain

Age: 38

Address: Cayuga

Education: North Vermillion High School; Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University

Employment: International Paper, Cayuga

Previous political experience: None

 

Terra Naylor

Age: 36

Address: Cayuga

Education: North Vermillion High School; Bachelor of Exercise Science degree from Indiana State University; Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay

Previous political experience: None

 

John Yoho

Age: 53

Education: 1977 graduate of North Vermillion High School; attended Indiana State University and Danville Area Community College; graduate of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Employment: Retired Vermillion County deputy sheriff

Previous political experience: None

 

Larry Bemis

Age: 55

Address: Newport

Education: Graduate of North Vermillion High School; Indiana State University majoring in journalism and broadcasting

Employment: Editor of the Parke County Sentinel

Previous political experience: North Vermillion School Board member since 1976

 

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