Three seek seats on I-S School Board
All candidates running uncontested
By Holly Neumann
Five names will be on the ballot for the Iola-Scandinavia School Board election.
Two of them, however, have dropped out of the race.
Bruce Beyersdorf and Aimee Bestul have announced they are no longer seeking election.
Paul Huettner, Adam Wolberg and Bob Fredy are seeking election.
Huettner is running to represent the townships of St. Lawrence and Helvetia-South.
“I grew up in Amherst and graduated from Amherst High School in 1987,” Huettner said. “I attended college at UW-Stevens Point and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology in December of 1991. I later attended UW-Oshkosh and received my master’s degree in school counseling in 1995.”
He has been a high school counselor for the past 21 years and currently works at Clintonville High School.
“I have been living in Iola with my wife Shannon and our three children, Brady (22), Brianne (20) and Bryce (16), since 1993,” he continued. “I’ve enjoyed watching my kids grow up in the tight-knit community that Iola is and I’m thankful for the opportunities that they have had while attending at I-S.”
Huettner believes that his experience in education makes him a good candidate.
“I understand how important it is for everyone – parents, teachers, support staff, administration and school board – to work together to make sure students get a high quality education and access to a variety of extracurricular activities,” he said.
He feels that the biggest challenge facing the district is finding a healthy balance between the declining funding that education faces year after year and continuing to offer all the opportunities to students that they deserve.
Huettner added that the Iola-Scandinavia School District is a great place.
“I’m not necessarily looking to make changes,” he said. “The only change I would support is, if it makes sense, support student success if it can feasibly be accomplished. Iola-Scandinavia schools have tremendous community support, highly qualified teachers, dedicated support staff and coaches and strong building leadership.”
Wolberg will be running to represent the town of Iola.
“I was born and raised in the Iola area,” he said. “I worked at the Waupaca Foundry for 15 years before going back to college at the age of 32 to be an agronomist.”
Currently, Wolberg works for Seed Concepts in Pulaski.
“We are a Pioneer seed dealer and also a precision planting dealer,” he said. “Most of my work is from Freedom to Iola and as far north as Suring and Gillett. Working with dairy farmers and grain farmers has been very exciting.”
Wolberg, along with his wife Marci, are raising two sons that attend the Iola-Scandinavia Elementary School.
“I’m a firm believer in giving back,” he said. “My wife and I have been fortunate to come through the I-S school system, and to have started a family in the Iola area. Being on the school board is a way of giving back not only to our school but also the community.”
Wolberg noted that he wants to do what is right.
“There’s a lot of speculation out there right now over changes that have happened over the past few months. I myself would like to hear the answers, but I also understand that the school board legally can’t give us all the answers right now,” he said. “I’ve been questioned as to why I would run for the school board in a time like this. My answer is this: You can’t help if you don’t use your voice and try.”
“My biggest thing is to do what’s right for I-S school district,” he said. “I don’t believe in change, I believe in doing the right thing for the right reason.”
He noted that he understands there is a lot of skepticism right now.
“Have confidence that the school board is doing the right thing,” he said.
Wolberg also feels that Iola-Scandinavia School District is a great place.
“I’ve had the chance to move out of this area for work, but to me, Iola is and always will be home,” he said. “Education is so important. The teachers at all grade levels don’t get enough credit for what they do. My goal is keep our kids safe and increase our education. Iola-Scandinavia is great, but I want to make it even better.”
Fredy will be representing the village of Scandinavia and is running uncontested for the board.
He and his wife April are raising three sons that attended the elementary school.
“Iola-Scandinavia is a great school district,” he said. “We have excellent teachers and support staff.”
Fredy, who has served on the board for the past four years, reminds residents to have faith in the board.
“They are elected to make the best decisions possible,” he said.