Otsego Public Schools: Renny Ransbottom
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.
Ransbottom, 63, lives in Otsego Township with his wife of 37 years, Phyllis. Renny and Phyllis have two grown children, Michael and Katherine. He has lived in the district for nearly his entire life, graduating from Otsego High School in 1969. He is a local small business owner and has been for 25 years. Ransbottom studied at Central Michigan University from 1969 to 1973.
“I’ve been a school board member for 13 years and bring training and experience to the position.
“I am also on two other boards in the area. I currently also sit on the board of directors for the Michigan Association of School Boards and am the chair of the Government Relations Committee.
“Having just hired a new superintendent, the ideas and suggestions that have been made so far seem very reasonable.
“What our former superintendent left us with was a strong foundation to continue to help in obtaining student growth so we can move to the next level.
“Budgeting is difficult in today’s world. We must make sure our students have a quality education in a safe learning environment with skilled instructors and proper tools.”