Schnaus, Corbin vie for Jasper school board seatOctober 30, 2018
By LEANN BURKE
Voters in the Greater Jasper Consolidated School District will see incumbent Ken Schnaus and challenger James “Jimmy” Corbin on their ballots this Election Day.
The two Madison Township men are running for the Greater Jasper School Board’s District 1 seat. To run for the seat, candidates must live in Madison Township, however all voters in the school district vote for the seat.
Schnaus has served 12 years on the school board and is seeking re-election as a way to continue giving back to the community. He believes his career in finance is an asset as schools create and stick to budgets. He’s most proud of how the school district has been able to rebuild its general fund while he’s been on the board. When he was elected, he said, the fund was almost gone.
“Through some very tough decisions, we’ve been able to turn it around,” he said.
Schnaus also mentioned several of the school system’s other accomplishments during his tenure: raises for teachers, support staff and administrators; additional classrooms and support areas at Ireland Elementary; and the corporation’s new consolidated Jasper Elementary School that is under construction. All of that was accomplished while keeping taxes level, he said, which is a focus for him in decision-making.
Schnaus said he’d like to stay on the board at least until the end of the Jasper Elementary project. A lot of background research and planning has gone into the project that’s he familiar with, and he believes that puts him at an advantage over someone new coming onto the board.
“If something comes up, I can respond to it, whereas I think someone new would struggle to catch up,” he said.
Schnaus also stressed a focus on maintaining the caliber of education offered at Jasper schools, ensuring that Jasper graduates are prepared for college or careers after high school.
Schnaus has been married to the former Marilyn Gogel for 44 years. They have three children: Nicole Schnaus, Kierstie Phillippo and Lance Schnaus. They have four grandchildren: Gage, Rowan, Quinley and Crew. Marilyn runs an in-home day care.
Corbin was born and raised in Jasper, graduating from Jasper High School in 1999. He’s running for school board to make a difference in and give back to the community.
“To help impact the school system and set the path for our children is pretty awesome and pretty humbling to be part of,” he said.
Corbin has direct interest in the school system as his three children — Kendall, 9; Grant, 7; and Avery, 3 — are or will be Jasper students. His wife, Michelle, teaches at Fifth Street School. If elected, Corbin plans to focus on making sure students have healthy food choices in the cafeterias, partnerships with local businesses to get high school students real world experience and school safety.
“I think (safety) is something a lot of parents have an interest in,” Corbin said.
As for partnerships with local businesses, Corbin believes such programs are a good way to let school staff know what employers are looking for in employees, ensure that students learn those skills and hopefully retain talent in Dubois County.
“We live in a great community with so much opportunity,” Corbin said. “Hopefully, by teaching our students and meeting the needs of local businesses, we can keep this talent in the community.”
Other local races include:
• U.S. Senate (Mike Braun / Lucy Brenton / Joe Donnelly)
• District 8 U.S. Representative (Larry Bucshon / William Tanoos)
• Indiana Senate 47 (Erin Houchin / Nick Siler)
• Indiana House 63 (Joe Lannan / Shane Lindauer)
• Indiana House 74 (Steve Bartels / Larry Kleeman)
• Dubois County Sheriff (Tom Kleinhelter / Tim Lampert)
• Dubois County Clerk (Amy Kippenbrock / Kiersten Knies)
• Dubois County Recorder (Jackie McPherron / Gail Reutman)
• Dubois County Assessor (Eve Drew / Angie Giesler)
• Dubois County Council District 2 (Becky Beckman / Darren Patterson)
• Dubois County Council District 3 (Charmain Klem / Deborah Major)
• Cass Township Advisory Board (Lee Bilderback / Randy Boehm / Steve Eckert / Lisa Matthews)
• Patoka Township Trustee (Don Astrike / Jeff Summers)
• Madison Township Trustee (Scott Blazey / Brett Collignon)
• Southwest Dubois School Board (Jason Heile / Belinda Lange)
• Greater Jasper School Board (Jimmy Corbin / Ken Schnaus)
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