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One more Frazee School Board candidate responds

In August, for a first time, the Frazee-Vergas School District held a primary election for the school board.

Eleven people filed for four open seats on the board. The primaries narrowed the field to eight candidates for the Nov. 2 election.

Four of the candidate's responses were listed in Sunday's Record. Here is one final response. The remaining three candidates -- Brenda Como, Kevin Litzau and Chris Wacker -- did not respond to the requests.

Jim Nelson

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired elementary teacher

Family: Wife, Lynette -- Cocos/Quiet Cricket worker; son, Tim -- business teacher in South St. Paul

Why are you running for Frazee-Vergas School Board?

I feel our school district needs changes. A new school board can have a big affect. We've been a great school district to work in, in the past, and can be that place again. I worked in Frazee-Vergas Schools for about 40 years. I've worked with 12 administrators. So, I think I have experience in what works best for our kids.

With state budget cuts and payment delays affecting school districts, how do you propose to keep a balanced budget without sacrificing programs and services?

I have researched much of the spending of our school district. I believe there are many places to cut spending that isn't going for kids. Our first priority has to be spending that directly benefits the students' education. We also need to stem the flow of students transferring out of our school district.

If money were no object, what programs or changes would you like to see implemented in the school district?

I would add more gifted and talented options for all aged students. Additional small-group and individual tutoring for students who are struggling would be added. Dropping extra-curricular fees and returning late buses for students. I would like to see more class options for high school students. There are many, many possibilities that would help kids if we had more money.