Arnhoelter eyes School Board seat

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor

ADAM ARNHOELTER ADAM ARNHOELTER As a Sheboygan Falls native, Sheboygan Falls High School graduate and father of three school-age children, first-time School Board candidate Adam Arnhoelter has a keen interest in the local school system.

Arnhoelter, along with incumbent Mark Debbink and fellow newcomer Jamie Shircel, is seeking one of two available seats on the Sheboygan Falls School Board in the spring general election on Tuesday, April 7.

The 2001 Sheboygan Falls High School graduate says he entered the race with an eye on the future of Sheboygan Falls.

“I grew up in Sheboygan Falls and I graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School, so I have built up a pretty good knowledge and feel for the city and the school district,” Arnhoelter said. “I also have three kids that will be coming up through the school system in the upcoming years, so I have an interest in the future.

“We have been losing teachers in recent years and by what I understand, some of them have said that they were not treated fairly here,” he said. “We need to do whatever we can to retain our experienced teachers. Keeping those teachers has a direct impact on the quality of the education we provide to our students.”

Arnhoelter, who has been employed at Advanced Disposal in Sheboygan for the past 12 years, says he believes he can provide a fresh perspective on what the board should do to address the future of the aging middle school.

“The middle school situation is also important to me,” Arnhoelter said. “As a new voice on the board, I think I could offer a different perspective on how to go about upgrading the middle school.

“Obviously, our facilities need to be kept up to date to best serve our students,” he said. “On the other hand, we also need to consider what is most beneficial for the taxpayers of Sheboygan Falls.”

As the district faces the prospect of increasingly tight budget restrictions in the coming years, Arnhoelter says the board must be prepared to make tough decisions.

“I think one of the best ways to address budget limitations is to consolidate what we have already and avoid laying off teachers and staff members at all cost,” Arnhoelter said. “We also may need to look at administrative costs and make it a priority to hold everyone accountable.”

Arnhoelter says he would like to see the School Board revisit its decision to eliminate spring break from the school calendar.

“I would definitely like to see the board bring back spring break for the benefit of the students, teachers and staff,” Arnhoelter said. “As the calendar stands now, there is too long of a stretch with no breaks. It affects the kids and the staff to go that long with no time off.

“It is difficult on families, because if they want to take a vacation, they need to take their kids out of school,” he said.

Looking to an increasingly unclear future for public education in Wisconsin as a whole, Arnhoelter stresses the importance of keeping good teachers in the classroom.

“I look at myself as a leader that will do all I can to point the district in the right direction,” Arnhoelter said. “We need to keep our focus on teachers and students, because they are the people that make the district what it is.

“I remember the great teachers I had,” he said. “Some of them were the same ones my parents had. Looking forward, I want my kids to have the same kind of quality teachers that I had. That is what drives a school district.”

Arnhoelter feels he has what it takes to help the School Board make good decisions for the betterment of district.

“I enjoy living in Sheboygan Falls and I want the city to keep moving on the way up and the quality of school district plays a big role in that,” Arnhoelter said. “The school district is very important for this entire community. If I am elected, I will do all I can to make sure the district stays strong and each of our schools remain as a source pride for our entire community.”

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