School Funding

Four candidates vying for three seats in the BOE Strasbourg race


STRASBURG – Four candidates will run for three seats on the Strasbourg-Franklin local school board on November 2.

Incumbents Robyn Rouse Burkett and Diana Flickinger will run for a four-year term with Wes Hostetler and Marsha Clark. Hostetler has served on the board before and Clark is a newcomer.

Robyn rouse burkett

Age: 42

Hometown: Strasbourg

Family: Son Alex, 16, daughter Micah 14, both high school / college students from Strasbourg.

Previous terms held: Member of the Education Council for eight years. Having been both president and vice-president.

Do you have parents who work for the school district? No.

Why should voters elect you to serve on the board of education? I have a vision shared with district leaders to set an expectation of high academic standards and achievement for all students in all degree programs.

What is the main problem facing the district and what would you do about it? Funding schools is a challenge for our small district. I will continue to work on cost effective budget solutions that will provide maximum benefits to our students and staff.

Diana Flashes

Diana Flashes

Age: 57

Hometown: Strasbourg

Family: Husband, Ron; her daughter Kylie (27) and her son Ty (23).

Previous mandates held: Teacher / Administrator for 35 years; co-chairman of the Strasbourg school sampling committee, board of directors of the Strasbourg athletic hall of fame; Council of the Tiger Foundation; Strasbourg School Council.

Do you have parents who work for the school district? No.

Why should voters elect you to serve on the board of education? It has been a great honor to serve on the Strasbourg Education Council since November 2020. My years of experience in the classroom and as a primary school principal give me a unique perspective when making decisions for students and the families of Strasbourg.

What is the main problem facing the district and what would you do about it? Besides all the problems COVID has created for schools and communities, enrollment is a major issue. We must continue to be creative and innovative in our after-school program and activity offerings to attract and retain students.

Wes hostetler

Wes hostetler

Age: 61.

Hometown: Strasbourg.

Family: The wife, Sharon, shares a blended family of three sons, two daughters-in-law, all married and 12 grandchildren.

Previous mandates held: I was a member of the Buckeye Career Center Board of Trustees for 12 years and was a member of Strasburg Franklin School for 16 years.

Do you have parents who work for the school district? No.

Why should voters elect you to serve on the board of education? I bring 16 years of district service experience. My experience is very beneficial for the school and administration to work with a new superintendent and a first principal of high school / college.

What is the main problem facing the district and what would you do about it? Former Superintendent Cindy Brown left school in very good shape when she retired. I come to the board of directors without a hidden agenda. I want to sit on the education council to provide the best atmosphere to teach students.

Marsha clark

Marsha clark

Age: 57

Hometown: Strasbourg

Family: Rick, Amanda and RJ Clark, Jeromy, Carli and Max Mayle, Emma Clark, all residents of Strasbourg.

Previous mandates held: No elected civil service. I have served as Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer at local Strasbourg-Franklin schools, local East Holmes schools, and Dover city schools.

Do you have relatives who work in the neighborhood? No. I do not have parents employed by the schools of Strasbourg. As stated, before I have already worked here. I have also had family members volunteer coaches for sports teams in the past.

Why voters should elect you to serve on the education council: With 30 years of experience in school finance, I believe I can use this knowledge to help make sound financial and educational decisions that will continue to provide wonderful academic and extracurricular experiences for all students, in the context of ” a fair budget for taxpayers.

What is the main problem facing the school district and what would you do about it? Maintaining a top quality education while trying to keep students healthy and in school is a major concern in our current environment. I will encourage administrators to continue to strive to keep the doors open, while using best practices to ensure the health and safety of students and staff.


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