BURTON — Incumbent school board members Scott Hynes and Sandra Talbot will face challengers Tim Shorkey and Jason Waisanen for three seats on the Atherton Board of Education, Nov. 3.
Here is what the candidates had to say:
Scott Hynes, Age: 59
Education: BA Davenport University
Accomplishments: I am a proud member of Atherton Community. I had four children attend Atherton all of them with Bachelor and Master Degrees. During my tenure on the board we have accomplished so much. Successfully passing the bond and implementing several new curriculum initiatives which has increased student achievement. We have also upgraded several of the facilities with, new gym floor and bleachers and multiple upgrades while not increasing taxes. I will continue to make our students first, with the safest and best learning capabilities. I am excited for what the future brings.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Atherton is just not a school but is ingrained into our family. Our first goal is to continue to drive student achievement and assist them. We have to continue to give them the best tools and staff to succeed in life. During this Pandemic, I want to ensure we give our students the safest learning environment that Atherton can provide. I also want to ensure our technology stays with the times and relevant to our students and staff. Lastly Atherton has been very fiscally responsible as the current treasurer, I want to ensure this continues with the funds that taxpayers have given us to lead us to a successful future.
Sandra Talbot: Did not respond to our questionnaire.
Tim Shorkey, Age: 43
Education: Atherton High School, 1995; Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University, 2000; Master of Arts, Central Michigan University, 2005; PhD, Wayne State University, 2010 (abd)
Accomplishments: Golden Key National Honor Society; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; Foresters Financial, Branch Councilor; 2020 Precinct Delegate, Burton Precinct 12
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Education has always been a top priority for me in my life and career, because I know the opportunities that can open up as a result of a strong educational background. For that reason, I want to actively make education a top priority for the students at Atherton who are being prepared for success even after graduation.
It is essential that we create opportunities that will empower students to continue on toward successful lives and careers well beyond their time at Atherton.
Additionally, right now, we are constantly reminded that our number one priority should be safety. We should be doing absolutely everything within our power to keep our students, our teachers, our staff, and our administration safe. We have it within ourselves to make it through this pandemic if we work together as a community of learners. An excellent starting point is the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap — we should actively strive to keep our school community safe by continuing to follow the Atherton Community Schools COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, revisiting it on a regular basis to ensure its continued efficacy.
Jason B. Waisanen, Age: 36
Education: Mott Community College
Accomplishments: Volunteer at Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Eastern Michigan Food Bank, Flint SOUP
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My goal for the kids of the Atherton School District is to simply get them back into school but do it in the safest manner possible. I want to give these kids the best chance to succeed in life and that means keeping them healthy and safe. I think it’s also important to continue funding the school district as best as possible to give them every opportunity available for their futures.