Column: Local Hamilton Southeastern School Board elections are important


Commentary by Larry Lannan

Presidential elections are very important and voters should pay attention, but there is a local election that also merits your consideration. The Hamilton Southeastern School Board is electing three of the seven board members.

This year’s school board balloting is based on the township where the candidate lives. The HSE School District encompasses three townships – Delaware, Fall Creek and Wayne. There is more than one candidate in each of the township races.

Howard Stevenson was appointed by the board to finish Daren Sink’s term representing Fall Creek Township after Sink left the Fishers area. There are two other candidates in Fall Creek Township: Mike Bottorff and J. Kent Everett.

Board President Karen Harmer chose not to run again. There are four candidates bidding to take her board seat. They are: Bradley Jones, Adam Harness, Amanda Shera and Franklin Whelan.

In Wayne Township, Sylvia Shepler is seeking a fourth term on the HSE board. Her opponent is Charron Wright.

The people representing the community on the local school board have an important impact on you, even if you have no children in school. The reputation of the local school system has a major impact on the value of your property. The more local schools are valued, the more your home is worth.

There is a lot of support for the local schools. The HSE school referendum in the May primary election, raising property taxes to support school operating expenses, won approval with 71 percent of the vote. That is impressive support.

My advice is to take a little time from your busy schedule and find out the views of all candidates, since the entire district votes on all three township races.

The most important step is voting. Early voting begins Oct. 12 in Noblesville and, for the first time, early voting will happen at Fishers City Hall beginning Oct. 19.

School board elections are important – vote!


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