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August 2, 2013

School board ballot finalized


"And obviously a big push for being proficient in reading, math, science," he said. "But the big elephant in the room is the new school.

"Whether you like it or don't like it, it's built. It's probably like a Bridge View topic: some people like it and some people don't."

Torey Young

Young, day maintenance coordinator at Cargill Eddyville, said while he thinks the current school board has done a good job, his investment in the district — his wife is a teacher and two of his three children are currently in school — made him want to get involved.

"Probably my biggest thing is not to go in there and make any major changes, but to help ensure students have an equal opportunity to a good education," he said. "Also, too, to ensure our schools are safe. I want to make sure students and teachers feel like it's a safe place, a place they want to come."

No one issue pops out to Young as something that needs to change, he said. The district's implementation of values to ensure students graduate with the skills necessary to succeed is a priority, he said.

"A lot of those things on that list are things that I hope the people I work with have," he said. "If they don't, first of all it's pretty hard that the person would make it in the world today, but it also makes it harder on everyone else if they don't have those skills."

Coram and Mitchell could not be reached as of press time.

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