Heath Board of Education members James Roberts and James Bowers are running for re-election in November.

Heath Board of Education members James Roberts and James Bowers are running for re-election in November.

Both were first elected in 1998, and neither incumbent faces opposition.

"I think the board (members) we have work well together for the good of the district, and we'd like to continue that, working with the three people whose seats are not up," Roberts said.

Bowers agreed.

"There's a lot of continuity on our board at this time," he said. "We have five board members who are really committed to the district. We want to continue to bring strength to our district."

Roberts said the board faces a few issues in the next year when the district's operating levy expires. He said district officials continue to evaluate the state's budget and other funding issues school districts face.

"It's a complicated issue," Roberts said. "I've been dealing with it for a long time and have a good understanding of the issues and challenges we're going to have to face."

Bowers said the new state budget for education includes a lot of unfunded mandates, such as all-day, everyday kindergarten and lowering the student-to-teacher ratio. He said the district would have to figure out how to handle those mandates and that "local folks might have to pick up the tab."

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