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Mancl, Leifheit take Marshfield School Board seats

School District of Marshfield WI
School District of Marshfield WI
Amber Leifheit discusses goa... (Download MP3)

MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) -  The Marshfield School Board will have two new faces. Amber Leifheit and Peter Mancl were able to defeat challengers Scott Noble and Dennis Juncer (YUN’ cer) Tuesday. Noble and Juncer campaigned for more transparency on the board, and also disagreed with how the board handled the recent overpayment error to Superintendent Peg Geegan.

On the overpayment issue, Leifheit wants policies in place so similar mistakes don’t happen in the future.

Leifheit says the new board definitely has work to do. “We’ve got to balance the budget. We’ve got to figure out how to evaluate teachers under the new state mandate.”

She is also concerned about the high number of students considered “at risk” in a recent report. “Twenty percent of students report they’re depressed. Twelve percent have thought about suicide. Six percent have tried it.”

She’s also supports expanding the free and reduced meal program since many of the students have little to eat at home, which affects their ability to learn in school.