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Four candidates vying for 3 seats on board


Four candidates have filed to fun for three seats on the South-Western Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election.

Incumbents Karen Dover and Cathy Johnson are seeking re-election.

Lee Schreiner, who was selected by the board last month to complete the term of Jo Ellen Myers, who moved out of state, will run to retain his appointed seat on the board.

Robert Ragland is the fourth candidate.

Dover will be seeking election to her second term.

"I'm running again because I feel my strengths as a businessperson have made a difference on the board," she said. "I'm excited about the path the district is on and I want to continue to participate in what I think is going to be a successful four years."

Dover is CFO at Crossline Management Services.

Johnson is completing her third term on the school board.

"When I first ran for the board, one of the things I wanted to see implemented in the district was all-day, every-day kindergarten, because I know the impact that can have on children and their future success in school," she said. "I'm excited that we are getting close to being able to accomplish that, and I want to be part of the board when it happens."

She is a retired school teacher.

Schreiner also is a retired school teacher, who worked 37 years as a gifted education teacher in South-Western elementary schools.

He said he already was planning to run for the board before Myers announced her resignation.

After his appointment in July, Schreiner said he wanted to serve on the board "as a payback to this district. I'm passionate about education and passionate about the South-Western school district."

Ragland said he decided to run, "because I saw there was an open seat and it's something I've always wanted to do."

He served on the district's levy committee in 2005 and has been a PTA member since 1995.

"I started serving when my son was in first grade, and now he's starting his third year as a teacher in the district," Rag-land said.

"I believe in a quality education for all children," he said.

Ragland is an accounting technician for the Defense Finance and Accounting Serving office in Whitehall.