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CANDIDATE PROFILES - Berlin-Milan Board of Education

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Donald A. Gurney

Age: Not provided.

Family: widower after 30 years of marriage, two grown children, one son at home, 10

Phone: (419) 499-8047

Address: 13003 Arlington Rd.

Occupation: Employed by Plum Brook Operations Support Group at NASA Plum Brook Station, Sandusky, Ohio as an engineering technician V; 23 years service, presently training coordinator and apprentice administrator; qualified OSHA General Industry Trainer as well as numerous other duties

Education: 1969 graduate of Edison High School, attended Ohio University, BGSU Firelands, Terra State Community College, EHOVE adult education, Sandusky adult education, Journeyman Research Laboratory Technician

Previous Public Service: Served two terms, eight years, as a Milan Village Councilman, three years as council president, former volunteer firefighter & EMT

Why did you decide to run: I am running for this position to give something back to the school and community that has given me so much. My success today is the result of not only a good basic education, but the support and friendship of the community for so many years. As a graduate of the first class at Edison High School, I bring a mix of experience and a lifelong knowledge of the communities and their roots. Berlin-Milan schools have given so much to many of my friends and neighbors for several generations and continue to excel today. I want to carry that foundation into the future.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constituents:

1) Maintaining the excellent status of the school system and its staff

2) The upcoming labor contracts with the staff and teachers

3) Making the best use of our educational facilities

I really don't have any particular changes in mind. I have no real "platform" as I believe things change with time and we must adapt to those changes. The staff and administrators are doing an excellent job at what they do.

I would like to look into making the system more responsive to basic life issues and success, such as possibly exploring improved technical education and some life experience curriculum.

My goal is to keep going forward and not to allow anyone to rest on the past successes; everything has and everyone should seize the opportunity to improve

Jodi Harris and James J. Brown are also running for a seat on the Board of Education, but did not return candidate questionnaires.

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