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New Athens School Board candidate: David Park

Name: David Park

City of Residence: Lenzburg

Age: 54

Family Status: Married

Education: Associates degree coal mining technology and associates degree in auto collision repair

Occupation: Farming

Political party: Republican

Office Sought: School board member

Previously held offices: Not provided

What qualifies you for this position?

“Having 20 years experience as a repairman, I bring a working knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and heating/cooling issues to the district. I taught five years at Ranken Technical College, and while there served on the Academic and Disciplinary Review Board. Currently, I am teaching part-time for Southwestern Illinois College. I served for several years on the Board of Directors for the New Athens Home for the Aged. My experience allows me to see both sides of an issue and to make a fair decision.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“I think the top issue facing the district is the challenge of maintaining a quality staff, curriculum, and school while facing a lack of state funding. Wise financial decisions and exploring alternative funding for extracurricular activities will help the situation.”