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November 15, 2012

New faces on Mount Clemens, L’Anse Creuse school boards

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

MOUNT CLEMENS/ CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Voters in the L’Anse Creuse and Mount Clemens public schools districts elected a number of new faces, along with one familiar face, during the election two weeks ago.

In L’Anse Creuse, board Vice President Linda McLatcher ran uncontested to fill the partial term being exited by member Jeffrey DiPascale, who ran unsuccessfully for the District 8 County Commissioner seat. McLatcher’s term expires Dec. 31, 2014.

New in the district are Mary Hilton and Sharon McTavish Ross, both from Chesterfield Township. The women ousted five-year L’Anse Creuse School Board member Charles Eslinger and contender Earl Fuller, both from Harrison Township.

Ross, a mother of two students at L’Anse Creuse High School-North, said she was inspired to run for a seat because of some of the changes that have occurred in the district throughout the years.

“It started with the addition of a seventh hour, which really wasn’t a seventh hour,” said Ross, who received 25.6 percent of the vote. “And there were some things the children weren’t being taught anymore. I just started paying more attention to what was going on and learned a lot about what the teachers liked and what they didn’t like.”

Ross, a strong proponent of Schools of Choice, said she also wants to tackle issues like rules in schools that simply aren’t being enforced, issues of bullying not being taken seriously, general-wages and health-benefit issues, and school-bus rules that fall to the wayside. “My daughter used to come home from school with a headache because of all the screaming and yelling on the school bus,” she said.

“There are great teachers and great administrators in the district — don’t get me wrong,” she said. “But you want your kids to have the best education in the safest place possible. I want to make a positive change.”

Hilton received 30 percent of the vote, and Ross narrowly beat Eslinger by .6 percent. Board member David Fowler was not seeking re-election.

Eslinger, who received 25 percent of the vote, said he is disappointed that he did not get re-elected.

“I enjoyed being on the school board, but I feel honored that I was even on the board,” he said. “I’m sure those elected will have the kids as a priority and do a good job.”

In Mount Clemens, Ed Bruley of Clinton Township ran uncontested to fill a partial term, ending Dec. 31, 2016, and Jeanine Walker of Mount Clemens and Patrick Maceroni of Mount Clemens were alone in the race for two open seats on the board.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.