This past April, four candidates for Green Lake School Board vied for four seats.

     Then, four months later, board member Mike Klemp-North resigned his position.

     Because he finished fourth in the 2017 election ­— by four votes — Klemp-North was scheduled to serve just a one-year term, so his seat would have expired in 2018 regardless.

     The board tabbed Sarah Allen over Dennis Krueger and Tammy Thiem to fill Klemp-North’s vacated seat from September until the spring election this April.

     The seats of Allen and fellow board member Meade Grim — who was first elected in 2009 — will be up for election Tuesday, April 3.

     Allen says she will run for election in the spring.

     “The more I learn, the more excited and determined I become to continue to serve on the board,” said Allen, who is seeking her first full term. “... I hope to get an extended opportunity to be a positive contribution within our schools.”

     Grim, who noted he will have served nine years on the board by the election, hesitated to commit to running for re-election in response to an emailed inquiry last week.

     “On one hand, I think of not running so as to allow opening for others whom are interested to join,” he wrote last week Friday to the Commonwealth. “After nine years, another three seems like a long commitment and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. The sacrifices I ask of my family are much.” ...

     He added, however, that he’s “extremely” pleased with the direction of the district and hopes more residents involve themselves in the schools. Both incumbents and any challengers must fill out their candidacy papers by Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. to appear on the ballot.

     To read the entire story, see the Dec. 7, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.