While each of the candidates who filed for election to the Sleepy Eye Public School Board handily won their seats, there was still one open seat where no candidate filed. In that case, the person with the most write-in votes secured the seat.
That person is Bryan Sellner, 38 of Sleepy Eye, who will begin serving the two-year term on Jan. 1, 2013.
“I will be going into this position the same way I do everything in life. I will approach this with an open mind, gather the facts and make decisions based on these facts,” Sellner said. “The agenda I have is directed to improving the education of my children.”
Other candidates elected to hold seats on the school board include incumbent Darla Remus and new comers Jon Riederer and Joleen Dittbenner, all of whom will serve four-year terms.
Sellner graduated from St. Mary’s School in 1992 and went on to attend Wilmar Technical College receiving degrees in Service Electronics and Electronic Engineering. Following college he was hired at Advertising Unlimited Incorporated (presently BIC App/Norwood) and worked as a maintenence technician for about 13 years.
In 2007 Sellner accepted a position at the 3M Company in New Ulm where he is presently employed as a System Control Specialist doing design work on production equipment and training technical staff.
In 2000, Sellner married his wife, Sarah and they have three children; Matthew, 11; Mason, 9 and Megan 3. The family resides in Sleepy Eye.
Sellner said he did not actively campaign for the seat so when the tally was in that he had the most write-in votes with 92 he knew he had to make a decision as to whether or not to accept the seat.
“After some thought I decided to take the seat for a couple of reasons,” Sellner explained. “First, I have three children in the school district and my wife and I are very involved in their ability to do well in school and succeed in life. Second, I would have the ability to vote on issues that I believe would improve my children’s ability to succeed. Third, I am filling out a two year term and this allows me to get the feeling of what this role involves.”
Sellner said the first and foremost challenge facing the school board is funding.
“We all want the best for our children and this should be no different in their education,” Sellner said, adding that it takes money to run a school.
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“It is up to the people in the district to step up and invest in the education of the children,” Sellner said. “It should be a team effort between the school and the parents to educate our children.”