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Candidate wants to open discussions with public

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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My name is Barbara Nicoson and I am a candidate for one of the three at-large school board positions that will be elected May 4.

I am the Barbara that is married to Jon Nicoson, the farmer.

We are the parents of Amy (class of 1988), and David (class of 1990), and we live in Cory.

If elected, one of the first things I would do is try to open up discussion at board meetings to include everyone attending. I think there needs to be more input by people besides school employees and I think that if everyone understands what is going on, there will be less suspicion and better decisions. If the meetings take all night, so be it.

Now, how am I qualified? I have a degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. Before we were married, I taught first-grade for one year in a very small school.

Jon and I have lived in Cory since 1969. In my role as "mother," I was a Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Leader, Band Parent and Sunday School teacher. Both of our children married after college graduation and we have five grandchildren.

The other responsibility that I have had for 40 years is that of bookkeeper for the farm business. In the last two years, I have studied the school budgets, toured buildings and attended some of the board meetings.

There is a lot yet to learn, but I have made a start. I think this experience would be helpful on the school board. The ultimate goal of the school system is to give all the students the tools they will need to function as adults by the time they graduate.

All the decisions and choices should be made with that in mind.

It would be an honor to represent the county, and if elected, I will take the responsibility very seriously.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me. We are in the phone book.