Three seats up for election in 2016
By Angie Landsverk
The three Weyauwega-Fremont School Board members up for re-election on April 5 will be unopposed.
Debi Bartel, Doug Ehrenberg and James Stuebs all filed nomination papers to seek additional three-year terms on the board.
The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, and no other candidates filed papers.
Bartel, who represents the towns of Lind, Saxeville and Waupaca on the board, is seeking her second term on the board.
She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to Wisconsin in 1989 and has lived in Northeast Wisconsin since then.
Bartel moved to Waupaca County when she married her husband, Steve, in 2008.
“Between the 2 of us, we have five children and five grandchildren. Miranda and Lakkin both went to W-F, and Rudy went there for high school only. My other kids graduated from the Kimberly School District,” she said.
Bartel has degrees in human resources and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Throughout her career, she has been a recruiter, a software trainer and help desk assistant, self-employed in sales and is now the human resources and marketing director for East Wisconsin Savings Bank, in Kaukauna.
She also volunteered and subbed in the Kimberly School District for several years when her children were young, mostly in the LMC and office, or as a Pre-K assistant.
“I’m seeking another term because I like the direction we’re taking the school, with the much-needed physical improvements. I’m also really excited about the improvements we’ve been making with the curriculum – the addition of a full-time Gifted and Talented teacher, the additional higher level STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classes we’re offering and all the potential curriculum changes in the coming years,” Bartel said. “It’s exciting to think out of the box, and figure out ways we can make Weyauwega-Fremont a school district that attracts families with children of all interests and needs.”
Ehrenberg holds the village of Fremont seat on the board, is the current board president and is seeking a third term on the board.
He is a Waupaca native and graduate of Waupaca High School. He has lived in Fremont about 15 years.
Ehrenberg holds a degree in mortuary science from Milwaukee Area Technical College and has been a funeral director at Lewin Funeral Home and Furniture Store for 15 years.
He and his wife, Jenny, have two children – 15-year-old Cadyn, who is a sophomore at W-F High School, and 11-year-old Luke, who is a fifth grader at Fremont Elementary.
Ehrenberg is the chairman of the church council at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Fremont, and is a past basketball coach for both of his children.
He is seeking another term on the board “to continue down the positive road, path that the district is on and to be a part of the decision making with the current facility study that has been done and to hopefully see that through to make positive changes for the high school in the upcoming years.”
Ehrenberg said with his children in the district, “I want to be a part of this until Luke is graduated.”
Stuebs holds the towns of Wolf River and Bloomfield seat and is also seeking a third term on the school board.
The 1975 graduate of W-F High School returned to the area 18 years ago with his family.
Before moving back to the area, Stuebs lived in the Fox Cities and in New London.
He went to Fox Valley Technical College and has been an electrician for about 25 years. In the past, he was involved in coaching youth sports.