Otsego Public Schools: Eric DeJong
Otsego Public Schools has three six-year seats up for election. Incumbent Renny R. Ransbottom is joined in the race by Eric DeJong, Lisa L. Imus, Jay Petty, Stephen E. Podewell and Scot Reitenour.
Board treasurer Donna Weeldreyer and trustee Michael Cronen decided not to run for reelection.
Candidates were each asked what they thought of the superintendent’s decisions and how they would address the district’s budget.
DeJong, 20, has lived in the district his entire life. He attends classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for accounting and works for the City of Otsego in its Department of Public Works.
“I would like to be a voice that represents the students. Also, since I am currently a college student, I know many of the tools the students will need to take their education to the next level.
“I think Otsego is very lucky with their past and present superintendents. I support all their decisions because I know the experience and training that they have. However, I would love to be able to bring some fresh ideas to his attention.
“I believe the goal of any district’s budget is to find a way to bring the best education possible to the students. The main specific issue I would like to address is implementing an equipment fund that will allow the school to replace its worn-out equipment easier.”