|Write-in candidates to take BOE seats|
|Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:25 PM|
DELPHOS — Three write-in candidates will fill as many seats on the Delphos City Schools Board of Education in January.
The names Erica Pimpas, Andy North and Brent Gable can be penciled in for the seats on the Allen and Van Wert county ballots for school district residents on Tuesday.
Pimpas, 45, and her husband, John, have three children in the city schools, Gabrielle, a senior; Jessica, a sophomore; and Sophia, a fifth-grader. Pimpas’ family has a history in the school system.
“I’m keeping it a family affair,” she said. “My grandfather was on the school board and my grandmother was a teacher. My husband and I both graduated from Jefferson and my children are there now. We have a lot invested in the school system.”
Pimpas sees finances as the district’s biggest hurdle.
“The state isn’t supporting the schools the way they should. I believe we have a really good school system and I want to keep it that way,” she said. “Our teachers and our administrators are doing a great job with the students and it shows on test scores. We can’t afford to lose any more for our students. We need to keep both of our schools strong.”
Pimpas is manager of The Topp Chalet.
North, 43, and his wife, Kelly, have two children in the city schools: Audrey, a sixth-grader; and Elyse, a third-grader. His mother was a teacher and his uncle a longtime school board member.
“I want to make sure my kids get the best education possible,” North said. “The school district is not in a comfortable place financially and we can’t afford more cuts and still provide a quality education with opportunities for our kids to succeed at whatever they want to do. I knew the seat would be open and I want to step up. I think it’s important to be involved.”
North believes education is the key to a healthy community.
“There truly is no better reflection on a community then when the children they educate go out in the world and do well,” he said.
North is an Edward Jones financial advisor.
Gable did not return phone calls from The Herald.