Otsego Public Schools: Lisa Imus
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.
Imus, 46, has lived in the district for five years and has two sons attending Otsego schools, Clinton Sutterfield, eighth grade, and Matthew Sutterfield, 12th grade. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. She is a former city manager in Allegan, a former assistant city manager in Grand Haven and is now the treasurer in Bangor.
“I believe it is our duty to provide a balance of academic and extra-curricular opportunities for all students. We must ensure we have excellent teachers supplied with sufficient tools to create successful learning environments, including manageable class sizes, appropriate technology, support resources, and essential classroom texts and supplies.
“I have a track record of innovative problem solving and creative consensus building and will use these skills to be an effective and passionate advocate for all segments of the school district and community.
“Superintendent Patzer worked wonders for our school district, and I expect even more from Superintendent Haase.”
“I will fight for increased funding from the state. I will research best practices of other school districts for proactive funding mechanisms and pilot programs.”