Otsego Public Schools: Jay Petty
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.
Petty, 47, has lived in the district for 10 years. He and his wife Nicole have four children: Kaelyn, 22; Zach, 18; Hannah, 14; and Alexis, 13. He works as a quality engineer at Stryker. He has a Bachelor of Science from West Point.
“I am a parent with a vested interest in the district. I am committed to keeping the students’ best interests at the forefront of all decisions and discussions. I am motivated to work with other board members and the superintendent to achieve the goals for the district and the community.
“The decisions of the superintendent are driven by policies and goals that are established by the board. Collaborating, monitoring progress and recommending changes when necessary towards achievement of the policies and goals are major responsibilities for the board.
“Developing the district’s budget is a major requirement of the board. Utilizing all possible data to ensure the biggest return on investment for every dollar spent is crucial for the success of the school district.”