Three vying for Wauseon School Board


Staff Report



Three candidates are running for two open spots on the Wauseon Exempted Village Schools Board of Education. Incumbent Larry Fruth will take on Stacia Radabaugh and Mark Shadbolt.

Name: Larry L. Fruth

1. Why are you running for office?

I know the importance of a good education for future employment in life. Wauseon has a very good system and I want to be involved in maintaining and improving these standards.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have been in the education profession most of my adult life and I believe I have the knowledge and skills that are needed to provide the children and this community with good schools.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

We must provide the staff with the tools that are necessary for excellent teaching and a good environment for learning. Providing good teachers is my main goal and at the same time knowing we must keep the schools on a sound basis financially.

4. Have you held office before?

I have never held any other elected office except my present position on the Wauseon Exempted Board of Education. I have served by appointment on the Wauseon Planning Commission for many years.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

It has been an honor to serve on the Wauseon School Board and wish to continue at the wishes of the residents of the school district.

Name: Stacia Batdorf Radabaugh

Family: I am the mother of two very active boys. Jaxon Radabaugh in the 7th grade and Trygg Radabaugh a first grader, both at Wauseon.

Education: Graduate of Wauseon High School, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Lourdes College. Currently, I am a nurse for Fulton County Health Center, where I am employed as the Performance Improvement Manager.

Civic Organizations:Board of directors for Hands of Grace, a charitable organization serving Fulton County’s elderly and disabled. Volunteer with children from their classrooms to coaching their teams in Wauseon’s Parks and Recreation programs.

1. Why are you running for office (Why should people vote for you?)

I was raised in a very community-minded household. My father, Richard Batdorf, taught both my brother and I that if you want to live in a good community, then you have to play an active role. From a very young age, we watched both my father and mother, Susan Batdorf, serve in many capacities around this community. I now have young children of my own, and I choose to raise them in Wauseon, a community I am very proud to be a part of. Where better to participate than where I am most passionate and invested, my children and their future.

As a parent, I see the day-to-day effects of school board policy in my own home. I can see what is working and what may need attention. This is a unique perspective that not all of the candidates or board members have. I want to be involved. I want to continue to ensure the highest standards are upheld within our school system. I want this for the sake of not only my children, but for the rest of the community’s future.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

I am very proud of our school system. They have done a wonderful job with my children’s education thus far. My main objective would be to continue to offer the children of Wauseon a safe and excellent environment that best facilitates learning. The children in our community deserve every opportunity for the best education possible. I want to make sure our district serves the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities. I would value the chance to help make quality decisions that have a positive impact on the children of our district.

Just as important to quality education is a school board member’s ability to bring the community together to support this objective. Another main objective is fostering community relations and trust in the school board. This is key to accomplishing any goal our children can benefit from. As a parent with children at different levels throughout the school system, I can offer plenty of interaction with the community. I will be able to hear feedback, thoughts and opinions all of which I will be able to factor into positive results for our children. I know and respect our community, and I want to boost and ensure our community’s trust in our school system.

Name: Mark Shadbolt

Marital Status: Married to Christy; 2 sons, Dugan and Peyten

Age: 42

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Management from Defiance College, Associates Degree in Accounting from Northwest State Community College.

Civic Organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes coach; Wauseon Community Church of the Nazarene; Member of the American Legion; Many years as a volunteer for Wauseon Parks & Rec.

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe I will be an asset to the school system and the residents of the school district. I want to work to keep this city great, and I believe the school system is one of the most important institutions and representatives of a community. I am running simply because I want to serve the community my family decided to call home over 20 years ago.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have experience in governmental finances having worked for the state of Ohio’s Department of Taxation, as well as my current position as the City of Wauseon Income Tax Commissioner. I am and always have been the type of individual to do what is needed for the youth in this school district. I have coached, led, volunteered, and worked hard for kids in this school district for 15 years. I live and work in Wauseon, therefore I am fully invested in the community. I believe I represent all parties involved in a school system. With two sons who attended Wauseon schools all 13 years of their education, I have a fresh parent’s perspective on the school system. Having worked for a school system in the past as a part-time employee, I have witnessed that side of the system. And having lived in Wauseon for 20 years, I have experience as a Wauseon school district resident.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

a. To continue the high fiscal responsibility of past school boards, as I believe Wauseon is a great example of using financial resources to their potential. But also to bring a fresh set of eyes to the numbers to see if more can be done.

b. The other goal is to take inventory of the processes involved. I feel too many times in business and government that we simply do things the way we’ve always done them. I want to ask why and to bring innovation to the board room.

4. Have you held office before?

I have never held any type of political office before; however, I see this as an asset in that I will have a new perspective.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

If you decide to punch the hole next to my name on Election Day, know that I will take the responsibility very seriously and I will work hard for the students, faculty, administration, and residents of the Wauseon Exempted Village School District.

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