Though the four candidates for the Ripon Area School Board seemed to have similar stances on several issues facing the Ripon Area School District — such as keeping the fine arts and mental health — the candidates don’t agree on everything.

   Differences emerge in their five-year goals, whether the district should consider self-insurance and whether it should support a play-based charter school and the Barlow Park pick-up/drop-off problems.

   These were the issues that elicited the most diverse responses from candidates — Nate Zimdars, Margaret “Besty” Heffernan, incumbent Gary Rodman and Dan Zimmerman — during the School Board candidate forum hosted last week Thursday by the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.

   The four candidates are seeking selection to one of three seats available in the April 2 spring election.

Read the full story, including how the candidates reacted to a series of questions, in the March 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.