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Olentangy school board race

Feasel's volunteerism provides special viewpoint

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While seeking re-election to the Olentangy school board, Julie Wagner Feasel said she will continue to run on the same agenda that she did when she was first appointed seven years ago.

"In 2006, the board that appointed me asked, 'What's your agenda?' and it's always been as simple as to do what is best for the students in our school district at the lowest cost that is practical," she said. "I'm really passionate about our school district. I'm there almost every single night, I love the product that it produces, I love the people who are in our district and, most importantly, I just love to see our students excel."

Feasel, who is serving her first full term, said she won't hold any large fundraisers to get to know her constituents. Instead, she can be found at an array of school events, including working sports concessions stands and at Olentangy High School football games selling tickets, something she has done since 2004.

The Nov. 5 ballot will show four candidates for three open seats on the school board. Feasel will be up against fellow board member Dave King and newcomers Katy Barricklow and Brian Helwig.

Feasel said she first got involved in the district in 1997. Since then, she has served on the redistricting committee and the diversity task force, and as president of the athletic boosters and the Delaware Area Career Center board. In 2011, Feasel formed the 2020 Task Force, which has been monitoring the district's progress and enrollment numbers and building strategies that ensure the district is ready to excel at the start of the next decade.

"It's just very normal for me to be out and about talking to people; it's part of my character," she said. "So volunteering in the school district and being a part of it has become my passion -- and now I can't stay away."

Feasel said her experience volunteering with the district gives her a perspective that, as a board member, allows her to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students, teachers, parents and residents, since she's worked so closely with them.

During Feasel's three years as school board president, she implemented work sessions that allow the board to publicly discuss, in depth, school issues and future agenda items outside of a regular meeting.

Since then, the board has held such meetings about every month. They recently have focused on dissecting the state report card results.

"I hope that people vote for me because I still have a lot of things to accomplish," she said. "I want to see us hit that 108 performance index on the state report card, I want to find a great solution to our growth problem and make it the best outcome for our students.

"I want to continue to make sure people are moving into the district because of the great school system, and I just want to continue that excellence our residents have been accustomed to," she added.

The vice president of communications for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Feasel also is a member of the St. Mary's College Alumni board of directors.

Feasel, 46, has lived in the district for 16 years with her husband, John, an Olentangy alumnus who is an intervention aide and girls basketball and golf coach in the district. They have two daughters, both of whom graduated from Olentangy High School.

To learn more about Feasel and her campaign, visit ReelectJulieFeasel.com.

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