Candidates file for school board seats in Grand Blanc, Goodrich



GRAND BLANC — Four candidates have filed for two available seats on the Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education.

Voters will make their selections in the November general election. The top vote-getters will begin their six-year terms Jan. 1.

The candidates include incumbents Jay Hoffman and James Avery Jr. Challengers are Joe Johnson and Amy Facchinello.

Like other school boards throughout the nation, the COVID-19 pandemic presents interesting challenges.

In the coming year, the Board of Education will be faced with many decisions regarding educational models, including how to provide safe options, virtual learning opportunities and more, according to Superintendent Clarence Garner.

As a byproduct of the state’s social distancing guidelines and restrictions or closures of certain businesses, funding will be a paramount issue as shortfalls in state revenue sharing are projected to take a toll, Garner said.

The district also will continue to focus on diversity and anti-racism education, he added.

In the Goodrich Area Schools, three candidates have filed for three available seats. Incumbents Jeff Brown and Kurt H. Schulte, as well as newcomer Ginny M. Yuschak, are seeking the six-year terms on the school board.