Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
By Margie Wuebker
Three candidates vie for two seats on Marion Local Board of Education
Election November 2013
MARIA STEIN - Three people - an incumbent and two political newcomers - are vying for two seats on the Marion Local Schools Board of Education.
Candidates are incumbent Elaine A. Pierron and challengers Joseph Meyer and Brenda Schwieterman.
Greg Garman, the current board president, is completing his fourth term and chose not to seek another four-year term.
Pierron, 46, 1729 state Route 716, Maria Stein, is seeking her second term as a board member. She was appointed 2 1/2 years ago to fill the unexpired term of Larry Reichert and currently serves as vice president of the board.
"I enjoy being able to serve the community in this capacity," she said. "It continues to be a learning process."
Pierron, who is employed as assistant buyer/planner at Nidec Minster Corp. considers dealing with budget cuts and the uncertainty of state funding as the biggest challenges facing school board members. Those challenges underscore the need to maintain fiscal responsibility, she added.
A graduate of Versailles High School, she attended the University of Dayton and Wright State University. She considers being a concerned parent who values the importance of education as her main qualifications for the post.
Pierron and her husband, Bruce, have three children; one is a current student at the school.
Meyer, 51, 6569 Ashman Road, Maria Stein, believes he can make a difference in the community by serving as a board member. It is the first time he has sought an elective post.
In addition to bringing an agricultural perspective to the table, he strives to keep up-to-date in the community and the school district, he said. He said he understands the importance of education through his wife's experience as a teacher.
"Finances are one of the hot issues for schools," he said. "Another is Common Core, which hopefully we can keep out of our schools."
He graduated from Fort Loramie High School and Upper Valley Joint Vocational School and also took a course at Wright State University-Lake Campus.
He and his wife, Carol, are the parents of three children - two who attend Marion Local Schools and another who is enrolled in transition classes at Coldwater.
Schwieterman, 46, 6926 state Route 274, Celina, believes it is important to have someone with an agricultural background on the board, particularly in a predominantly rural district like Marion Local Schools. Born and raised on a Mercer County farm, she continues to be involved in the day-to-day operation of a family farm, she said.
"I like to be involved and I understand how to run a business," she said.
Schwieterman said the greatest challenge she will face as a board member is dealing with the uncertainty of state funding while maintaining a quality education program.
A 1985 graduate of Coldwater High School, she completed business education at International Business College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and previously worked in the accounting department at Reynolds & Reynolds in Celina. In addition to keeping the farm books and milking, she works as an auctioneer.
Although this marks her debut in the political arena, she served three years as parish council president at St. Sebastian Catholic Church and served as a CYO adviser. She also supported the return of agriculture education to the school curriculum, she said.
Schwieterman and her husband, Brad, have five children - three of whom attend Marion Local School district.