Six file for five seats on the school board

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 9/15/99.

Six people have filed for five positions on the Paynesville Area School Board. On election day, Nov. 2, voters will need to select three individuals to a four-year term and two individuals to a two-year term.

Filing for office are Maurice Dosdall, Gretchen O'Fallon, and Pat Flanders, four-year terms; Bob See, Dan Andersen, and Paul Larsen, two-year terms.

Incumbents opting not to refile are Lowell Haagenson and Dean Hanson.

Dan Andersen filed for his first term on the board. "I want to become more involved in the district where my children are attending school," Andersen said. "By serving on the board I can affect their future with better programming."

Maurice Dosdall has served on the board 12 and a half years. Dosdall filed because he is concerned about the school. He feels his experience and longevity of living give him an advantage on the board. "I have always been interested in the school. I have served on various committees within the district since 1969," Dosdall said.

Another incumbent on the board, Pat Flanders has served about 10 years on the board. Currently the board chairperson, Flanders said he filed because he has a keen interest in education and there is still a lot of unfinished business he would like to see completed.

Paul Larsen, Paynesville, filed for the board. "I decided I have lived in the district all my life and wanted to see if I couldn't be the third generation in my family to serve on a school board," Larsen said. "I drive school bus, and hear a lot from parents about the school. I think I would be able to provide some input on the board."

Gretchen O'Fallon is a relatively new member of the board. She was appointed in July of 1999 to fill a vacancy. "I filed for the four-year term because I like to stay active in school where my children attend. I have a child at every level: elementary, middle, and high school."

Bob See is a retired teacher of 30 years who has become an active member of the Paynesville community. "Running for the board is something I have been thinking about since moving to town five years ago. I feel my knowledge of education will benefit the board."

Besides teaching, See was an administrator in California and is a substitute teacher in the Paynesville Area School District.

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