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Two incumbents on the New Richmond Board of Education are seeking re-election during the upcoming April 7 election.

Following is some biographical information on each and their answers to several questions.


Name: Richard (Rick) A. Hinz

Office seeking: School board - School District of New Richmond

Age: 45

Family: Wife, Sherry; son, Derek; and daughter, Monique.

Public service experience: Current board member - School District of New Richmond with nearly three years experience.

Why are you seeking election?: I believe there is significant value in maintaining organizational stability, particularly during a time of multiyear building projects. Hopefully, in the eyes of the community, I have served with integrity for the past two plus years. I remain motivated to provide a trustworthy and objective voice and am seeking voter support to allow me to serve our community in this capacity for another three years.

What do you feel are the top three issues facing your school district?:

Continued focus on the board goals and action plan which include:

1. Providing up-to-date facilities that meet the long-range needs of students and the community.

2. Ensuring students at all ability levels achieve their fullest potential.

3. Increasing effectiveness of the board in collaboration with the district administrator and administrative team.

4. Ensuring a strong financial foundation for the school district now and in the future.

5. Expanding customer service focus.

Name: Bryan D. Schafer

Office seeking: School board - School District of New Richmond

Age: 45

Family: Wife, Janell; daughter, Keri; and son, Connor.

Public service experience: Current school board member for 2.5 years and 25 year veteran of law enforcement currently assigned to the Minneapolis Police Department Juvenile Division.

Why are you seeking election?: The future of this community lies in the education of our children. I want to continue to contribute to that end by bringing a common-sense approach to the board. Keeping a watchful eye on finances during these economic times, yet ensuring that our building projects and educational goals move forward is a difficult task. I am up to the task and to this point, believe I have fulfilled my promises to the community in that realm.

What do you feel are the top three issues facing your school district?:

1. I believe the current economic downturn is the top issue facing this district. Making smart financial choices, keeping operational costs down and balancing that with the needs of our children is key.

2. We must continue to focus on student achievement, making more options available so our students can compete globally.

3. It is important that our building projects stay on schedule and meet the highest of standards.