Local Views: ‘3 Schools Can Stay Open’

If you haven’t heard, November 8th is a critical day for Stillwater Area Schools. Some voters may not be aware that the closing of Marine, Withrow, and Oak Park elementaries is not a done deal.

There are three board seats up for election. If District 834 Voters elect Chad Gamradt, Mike Ptacek and Sarah Stivland, the candidates against the school closures, they will remain open.

I have spent many hours interviewing each of these three candidates and I believe Gamradt, Ptacek, and Stivland are our best opportunity to get Stillwater schools on the right path.

They are each well versed in all the areas of education that our District is currently struggling with including the budget, educational programming, and recognizing various learner styles and environments. We need to unite our community. Please become informed and ask questions. Your vote will make a difference.

Vote GPS for the right direction to unify the district and engage with the community because promises matter.

— Tina Riehle, Stillwater resident, mother of six, parent and community volunteer, and small business owner