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Pruessing may not seek re-election



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January 01, 2009
Walworth — Longtime Big Foot School Board President Sue Pruessing is waiting to see if anyone wants her seat on the board.

Pruessing has filed her noncandidacy statement, but if no one else files to run for her spot by the Jan. 6 deadline, she may throw her hat back into the ring.

As of Dec. 29, no other candidates have stepped forward to run for the seat. However, Pruessing is hoping to generate some interest in the seat by filing a declaration of noncandidacy.

But if no one else seeks the spot, Pruessing said she can run despite filing for noncandidacy. According to Pruessing, this is allowed in case a candidate has a change of heart or disagrees with the views of someone who decides to run for the seat.

Pruessing said she spoke to more than a dozen people trying to spark interest in the seat.

"I love my job. I love what I do," she said.

She said she wished she could continue serving on the board, but she stated that the position is "very time consuming."

"Maybe there is someone else out there," she said. "If not, I can always put my hat in the ring."

School Board members are elected to three-year terms. In April, the School Board appoints members to the positions of president, vice president, treasurer and clerk.

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Pruessing has served on the School Board for the past nine years, but she said the School Board will deal with some important issues over the next three-years.

Interim District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann may step down during that time period, and the board will need to begin searching for a new administrator.

"Our time with Dorothy is running out," Pruessing said. "That decision is going to require a lot of discussions and a lot of input."

Although Pruessing said the position requires a large time commitment, she has found the position to be very rewarding.

"It's been a wonderful experience," she said. "It's a real pleasure to be involved in the lives of young people."

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