5 in race for 2 Fruitport school board seats

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

Incumbent Ted Cerniglia is hoping to extend his stay on the school board. The owner of Teddy Spaghettis has five children who have attended Fruitport schools.

Cerniglia said a lot has changed over the past five years he's been on the board, and he would like to continue his service because there’s a learning curve for board members.

Cerniglia said budget cuts will be one of the biggest issues facing the board in the next term.

As schools continue handling mandates from the state, Cerniglia said he wants to help find ways of managing them.

“I just want to be part of the solution,” he said.

Kris Cole is a product project manager for Benteler Aluminum Systems in Holland. He serves on the Fruitport Township Board of Review and coaches three soccer teams.

Cole grew up in Fruitport, and his three daughters currently attend school in the district.

If elected, Cole said he wants to open communication with the community and have more information available for them. He also wants to find innovative ways at curbing spending that won’t impact education.

“The last thing I want to do is jeopardize (students') education,” Cole said.

Gavin Haan, owner of Shoreline Entertainment and a server at Whitlow's Forerunner Restaurant, has three children in the school district. He has volunteered and coached track, football and baseball.

Haan said he’s running for the school board because he feels he can best represent parents with insight into the community’s frustrations about education.

If elected, Haan said he will work to shrink budgets while improving education quality.

“I will ensure that we look at every expenditure with a critical eye — and make sure that when we institute new programs, that we weigh it by what it will do for our students,” he said.

Kurt Hazard, owner of Mastercare Landscaping, and his wife are both graduates of Fruitport High School. If elected, Hazard said he would like to establish communication between the schools and community.

Hazard said the concern over the district budget is an ongoing issue.

“(I would) make cuts that least impact students,” he said.

Incumbent Steve Keglovitz, his wife and their three sons are all graduates of Fruitport High School. The retired Sappi employee currently serves on The Salvation Army Board and on the board of directors for the United Way of the Lakeshore; and he has coached football, baseball and soccer.

Keglovitz said he has been proactive on school financing, and has spent time in Lansing lobbying state legislators to focus more money on schools.

“I’ll still strive to make MEAP scores and graduation percentages get better,” he said.

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