Rossi, Scolman take school seats

Incumbent, newcomer emerge as top vote-getters in three-candidate board race

From left, John Scolman and Jerry Rossi.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

After losing in last year’s Grafton School Board race, Jerry Rossi was the overwhelming favorite in Tuesday’s election.

Rossi and John Scolman were the top two vote-getters in a bid to win a pair of board seats.

Of the 3,617 votes cast, Rossi received 1,948 (43.3%) and Scolman garnered 1,344 (29.9%). Barry Jondahl also ran and got 1,156 votes (25.7%). There were 48 write-ins that made up 1.1% of the votes.

Rossi lost in last year’s general election but was then appointed to the board in August after former member Julia McNally resigned. He was joined by Jondahl and two other candidates in a bid for the vacant seat.

Rossi said serving on the board for eight months was an enjoyable learning experience and he was eager to seek his first full term.  

Scolman, a newcomer to the board, and Rossi each have children enrolled in the district and say they want to maintain the quality of education Grafton schools provide. 

Scolman brings a diverse background to the board, including a master’s degree in education counseling psychology, four years of active duty in the U.S. Navy and ownership of his own business.

Both men said he will make student safety a high priority, especially after recent school shootings around the country.

Rossi is not in favor of arming teachers but said he would like to have more school resource officers on the district’s premises and all school entrances secure, which was part of last year’s $39.9 million referendum plan for school facilities.

Scolman said he supports hiring additional staff members and caseworkers to meet the mental-health needs of students.

“My master’s of science in education counseling psychology would help the board with this area of concern,” he said. “My experience as a security representative for the Air Force Reserve would be helpful in writing policy that would improve the safety of our students.”

School Board President Terry Ziegler did not seek re-election after 15 years on the board, including nine as president.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

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