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Position papers: Manchester Local Schools Board of Education

10/10/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Kelly Dolan (incumbent) vs. Randy Hoppe vs. Paul Sharkey vs. Richard Sponseller (incumbent)

Voters living in the Manchester Local School District will vote for three candidates for Manchester Local Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 5 General Election. The race is nonpartisan. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted. Randy Hoppe did not respond to our request for information by the stated deadline.


Kelly Dolan (incumbent)

Why are you running for a seat on the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education?

“I look forward to continuing to serve on a school board with such a distinguished reputation and history. Their honesty, openness and dedication to the children cannot be matched. I will work hard to maintain the standard of excellence set forth in the Manchester Local Schools district. Our district is full of hardworking and devoted teachers, administrators and families. I am eager to work with these families to ensure the brightest possible future for our children and our community.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were elected? Why?

  1. “Strengthen the ties between the school and the community. A community involved in their school district makes for a strong community and successful schools.
  2. “Fiscal security. A financially sound district is a healthy district.
  3. “Joint programming ventures. We can enrich the educational experience by offering multiple and varied programs to our children.”


Paul Sharkey

Why are you running for a seat on the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education?

“I believe that the Manchester School system is one of the strengths of our community, and that Mr. Reynolds, our current School Board, and school staff have provided our children with a wonderful school system. I became aware of the opening on the School Board and am willing to assist in the management of our school system.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“My only priority would be that for every situation/decision needed to be made, to gather and evaluate all of the pertinent information available and make the decision based on what is best for the community AND the school system. My objective would be to assist the school administration in providing the best and most cost effective school system possible for the children of our community.”


Richard Sponseller (incumbent)

Why are you running for a seat on the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education?

“I am seeking my fourth term on the board of education for several reasons. To make an important decision that will have a long-term impact on our children. The Board of Education has placed a 5.99 mill, 5 year operating levy on the November 5, 2013 ballot. Because of a $1.3 million dollar reduction by the state and federal government since 2010-2011 school year, the schools have made sacrafices to maintain student programming and operate in the black. There have been five wage freezes since 2009-10 school year. All employees wages will be frozen completely for the 2013-14 school year. In addition the Board has reduced teaching positions, eliminated one administrative position, limited purchases and secured additional funds through open enrollment. My main concern and goal is to continue to work hard to provide the best in education for your children. To maintain outstanding achievements in academics. Because of their hard work the Manchester Schools are rated ‘Excellent’ once again! That ‘Excellence represents the effort and caring of the entire Manchester community. These types of actions and attitudes make Manchester a special place to live and raise children. Panthers have pride and community spirit in everything that they do. My children went to Manchester schools and was given great opportunities and a quality education. ‘I want to give back’ and want my grandkids and other kids to have it just as good or better than they had it!”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“My top three priorities would be 1. To continue to work hard to provide the best education possible for your children. As a board member I represent your interest as a steward to do my very best and service the District with Honesty + Integrity. To make the right decisions at critical times so our students do not lose out on benefits and opportunities for their future. Second. To take care of the tax payers money. To cut down costs on many items. I’m a firm believer, when it is time to vote on any issue or costs, if it does not Benifit the children then my vote will always be no. Its all about the kids, and thats why I’m here, for them! Also to keep and provide the very best certified and classified staff for Manchester Schools. We are proud of each and every individual that works for the district.

“And last to maintain the permanent improvement funds. These funds are used to fix all roofs, pave the school parking lots and other important repairs. Our goal is to be sure that our buildings are safe, warm and dry for our children. These investments will bring cost-saving dividends in our future.

“The great privilage about living in Manchester is that the people here love their town, and love their schools, and they will do anything for their kids! And theres one thing about Manchester people, theres no I in team. We call that ‘Manchester Pride’! And if re-elected ...” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

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