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October 25, 2012

Three seek Attica school board seats

ATTICA, Ind. — Three candidates are running for two seats in the city of Attica for the Attica School Board.

Running are longtime board member Jerome Mattern, Christopher Gayler and Darrin Spragg. Incumbent Michael Wrighthouse is unopposed for the Logan Township seat.

Mattern and Spragg responded to a Commercial-News survey sent to all candidates in contested races.

"I (want to) give back to a community and school system that has been very good to my family," Spragg said. "I believe that serving the community as a school board member would be a great way to give back."

Mattern has been on the school board for 19 years.

"I am passionate about our students’ education and for the health of our community," he said. "The school corporation and the future of Attica are intertwined. I will draw on my experience I have gained over the past 19 years as a school board trustee as well as my education as a teacher, career counselor and individual/family counselor to make good decisions."

Mattern said that recent legislative and Department of Education rules have sharpened the competition between private and public schools while cutting funding to the Attica School Corporation.

"New evaluation strategies, reductions in bargaining rights and years of belt tightening have impacted staff morale," he said. "We must step up our efforts to create opportunities for our children that allow them to compete. Our corporation is creating a culture to benefit staff and students alike. Our high school laptop initiative allows access to classes beyond our building. We support vocational courses that prepare students for good paying jobs. And we make the most of our funding, replenishing our reserves while taking care of our staff and investing in our facilities."

Spragg said the biggest issues are Indiana’s new teacher evaluation law and ongoing changes in the school’s budget guidelines.

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