Meet the candidates for Pennfield School Board

A Pennfield Schools bus.

A Pennfield Schools bus.

Nine candidates are on the Nov. 8 ballot seeking three open seats on the Pennfield Schools Board of Education.

Dawn Bayman, Austin Brown, Brad Crandall, Stephen Herbstreith, Jared Kirtley and Krystal Newman are each running for two open seats for a six-year term, while Stacy Niemann, Jennifer Sheldon and Bryan Smith are contending for a partial term through 2024.

The district includes five schools, with a student population of about 2,000 as of the 2021-22 school year. Each candidate is looking to join a school board that includes president Dana Wells-Jenney, vice president Dawn Forton and trustees Sarah Jones and Tim Wood, as Pennfield continues to implement a 30-year, $30 million bond for district-wide improvements passed by voters in 2021.

The following information was submitted via questionnaires provided to the candidates:

6-YEAR TERM

Dawn Bayman

Dawn Bayman

Dawn Bayman

Bayman has professional experience in law enforcement, firefighting and as a emergency medical technician, in addition to working in childcare and as a substitute teacher in Calhoun County for 13 years. She is a mother of a Pennfield High School graduate, with two children attending high school and middle school in the district.

Bayman stated the most pressing issues facing the district is addressing the “lost learning” due to the effects of the pandemic and the issue of school bullying and student behavior.

“In order to offer an atmosphere that will be conducive to learning, our students and staff have to feel safe,” Bayman wrote. “Our district needs to enforce a set of clear rules that will offer an environment free of chaos. Our staff need to be able to focus on the basics to help students build a base knowledge that is strong enough to promote educational growth. Our students need to be able to focus on studies

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