Three seek GH school board seats

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

On Nov. 6 residents will vote for two candidates to serve six-year terms on the board.

Incumbent Christine Baker, who had three children graduate from Grand Haven High School, is running for a seat on the school board.

The Grand Haven resident is a retired educator with more than 30 years of experience. Previously, Baker has worked with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Grand Haven Area Public Schools in the Community Education and state and federal program departments.

If re-elected, Baker said she would be faced with maintaining fiscal health and growing quality programs to attract new students.

Baker said she’s running for an open seat on the school board because she believes in committing long-term to the seat.

“I believe public schools are the foundation of any democratic, healthy and economically productive community. I want to help shape and maintain positive public support for the district,” Baker said.

Another resident who’d like to serve on the school board is Grand Haven resident Mike Cramer.

Although Cramer didn’t grow up in Grand Haven, his wife and one of his three sons are Grand Haven High School graduates.

Cramer has served on a variety of boards in the past 20 to 25 years. He is currently the chair of the Grand Haven Harbor board, president of the Grand Haven Yacht Club, president of the condominium association.

Cramer said he would like to bring “world flavor” back into schools and help children prepare for life after high school. He said public schools are the strength of the country, and he would like to continue seeing the school succeed. He said he could also help them with finances.

“I think a look from outside the schools system, as a consumer,” he said, “could help make judgments relative to finances.”

Incumbent David Davis, of Grand Haven, has served on the school board for the past five and a half years.

Davis, his wife, and their three daughters are all Grand Haven High School graduates.

If re-elected, David said he would be faced with the challenge of providing quality education with limited funding from the state.

He said funding has been severely restricted during the past couple of years and schools are finding ways to operate with limited resources.

“I enjoy the opportunity (of) serving the residents of the school district and using my background knowledge about schools,” Davis said. “I think I can make a valuable contribution and continue to do so.”

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