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Background, experience

Wayne Reinhardt, 50, and his wife Colleen’s children are Lucas Woodland and wife Tara of Afton, Minn., Dana, who is a senior at Wartburg College, Jenna, who is a freshman at Iowa State, and Deann, who is a senior at Benton Community.

He is a 1977 graduate of Benton Community, lifelong resident of the Blairstown area and Benton Community School district. I was in the district when the towns merged to become Benton Community. He had children in the district when they merged with Norway. He said, “I have experienced firsthand the changes that affected my family and many others in the Blairstown community. Change is not always easy and it can be a challenge to accept, however it is a necessary process if we want to improve.”

He and his family and own and operate a grain and cattle farm in the Luzerne area that has been in the family for three generations. He is also employed by Cargill as a flavoring operator. He observed, “With this I bring experience of being the boss and being the employee and how both of these teach you how to work with other people in different situations.”

He is a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Blairstown, where he served as an usher. He also served on the Benton Communication team, Benton Boosters, Board of Directors for Keystone Turners for nine years and one year as president.

Role of school board, future of Benton

“Benton Community has been very good to my family over the years and I would like to be able to give back to the District. We have good people that work here at Benton, all the way from maintenance, bus drivers, support staff, teachers, and administration. I would like the opportunity to work with these people to help make Benton the best possible school that it can be. I believe that the role of a school board member is to be prepared, be a good listener and to be open-minded. A board member works with the other board members by setting good policy for the administration to follow. In these tough economic times as well as good times the school board needs to spend the taxpayer’s money wisely.

“I would like to encourage everyone to be sure to vote September 8. This is an important time for our school, do not let a few people make the choice for all of us.”

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UPDATED August 25, 2009 5:01 PM

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