Two take aim at at-large seat in Northern Ozaukee school election

Incumbent Burmesch faces challenge from Miller in race to be decided April 3

NOSD School Board candidates (from left) Stephen Burmesch, Suzanne Miller and Tim Burmesch.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Incumbent Stephen Burmesch is being  challenged by newcomer Suzanne Miller in a race for an at-large seat on the Northern Ozaukee School Board to be decided in the Tuesday, April 3, election.

Miller, a mother of four who has three children attending district schools,  said she “has a pulse for what’s happening in the schools.”

Burmesch graduated from Ozaukee High School in 1984 and joined the board in 2009 to fill an open seat. 

“I felt that I had something to offer to help guide the direction of our education system, and to be a good steward of the resources that the community is entrusting us with,” he said.  

Burmesch has five children who attended schools in the district. He is the chairman of the Policy Committee and a member of the Student Learning and Achievement Committee.

Miller, who moved into the district 17 years ago, said she feels fortunate to have a school system rated in the top 5% in the country.

“Before moving to Fredonia, I checked out the school district and recognized all the great things it has to offer, from great teachers to hearing about the amazing student experiences,” she said.

Miller has also been involved in fundraising for the district by volunteering for the annual scholarship dinner for the past three years.

Both candidates said they support the district’s $14.95 million referendum for school upgrades, which will also be decided by voters April 3.

Miller said she would be surprised if the referendum doesn’t pass because it includes more safety features for school facilities, including an ability to lock down all buildings. She also said the referendum embraces technology, which will offer more opportunities for students.

If the referendum fails, Miller said, the Board will have to re-evaluate its plan based on community feedback.

Burmesch said the board and administration created a committee to prioritize the district’s biggest needs, which he said the taxpayers would support.

“We sent out a questionnaire last summer to determine what the community would be willing to support,” Burmesch said.

“We used those results to decide if we should ask for resources through a referendum and what projects to include. The referendum on the ballot is the product of that research.”

Incumbent Timothy Burmesch is the lone candidate running for the Town of Belgium seat on the board

He joined the board in 2009 and has five children, who have all attended school in the district. 

The Village of Fredonia seat on the board is also up for election but no one turned in nomination papers seeking the position.

School Board members serve three-year terms.

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