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Incumbent faces challenge for Germantown School Board seat

Jan. 9, 2008

Incumbent Erin Jex will be challenged by Cari Brust for her seat on the Germantown School Board in the spring election.

Jex, 31, was appointed in September to fill the vacancy created when Ric Ericksen resigned after being hired as the school district's business manager.

Brust had also applied for the Seat 4 position.

"There is obviously a learning curve when you jump into something in the middle," Jex said, "but so far it has been a really good experience."

Jex, N11807 Daniels Drive, said her background in both financial planning and education are among the contributions she hopes to continue to share with the board. She is a math teacher at Pius XI High School

A resident of the community for about three years, Jex is married with two children.

Her experience working as the human resources coordinator for the West Bend School District and her passion for education are the two main reasons Brust said she is running for the position.

"Through my work experience I have learned how passionate I am about education," she said. "I am really just drawn (to the field of education) and I think (being on the board is) something I could be good at."

Brust, 37, has lived in the district for 13 years in the town of Richfield, 2184 Scenic Drive.

She is married and has a son and stepdaughter.

Michael Schultz

Incumbent board members Lester Spies and Michael Schultz will not face opposition.

Schultz, holding Seat 5 on the board, will seek his second term.

"I push very hard and continue to look at improving the way the district shares information and takes ownership for communicating with the community," he said.

"My biggest frustration is the lack of understanding about district finances - it is a common misconception that we're spending alarmingly and that we're the reason for their costly tax bills."

Schultz, 51, said the board has been very creative in dealing with the ongoing challenges of limited revenue and increasing costs.

"I've been pretty excited (about a proposed new elementary school) as our district continues to grow," he said.

The question of a fifth elementary school could go to referendum on the April ballot.

Schultz, N10971 Dogwood Court, is recently remarried. He has two children and has lived in the village for 18 years.

Lester Spies

Spies said he considers the opportunity to run for a second term in Seat 3 a privilege.

"It has been one of the best experiences in my life (to serve on the board)," he said. "We may not always have the same approach to get things accomplished, but everyone has the best interest to make the schools as best we can and it has been a privilege to be a part of that."

Spies, 43, said the district definitely needs to do something to alleviate space issues, but he is not yet convinced a new school is the solution.

Spies, N10304 Heritage Hills Parkway, has lived in the community for almost six years with his wife and their four children.

He is pastor of Lutheran Church of the Living Christ.

Board members are elected to three-year terms and are paid $3,500 annually.

 

Ty Finke can be reached at tfinke@cninow.com or (262) 446-6621.

 

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