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Three in the running for two seats on Falls School Board

Two newcomers challenge Bertieri for most votes

Jan. 22, 2014

Menomonee Falls — Three candidates have put their names in the hat for two seats on the Menomonee Falls School Board.

Incumbent Ron Bertieri and newcomers Lowell Kellogg and Mark Nadolski will have their names on the April 1 ballot. The top two vote-getters will be elected. Board member Gina Palazzari filed noncandidacy. Board members serve three-year terms and are paid $5,000 annually.

Here's a brief introduction on the candidates:

Bertieri

Bertieri has served on the Falls School Board for six years. Over the years he has served on 21 different boards of directors, including acting as president of Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce. He continues to work on the WCTC board of trustees, which he has participated in for 19 years.

Bertieri initially decided to run for School Board to build a better bridge of communication between the School District and the voting public that do not have school-aged children.

"In the past, we've had issues with not being able to communicate with them and I've established through the veterans groups and senior citizens groups, a connection addressing these people and talking about what we do at school and getting them involved in knowing what's going on," he said.

He says he wants to continue to be a part of the great work they are doing in the School District.

Kellogg

Kellogg was a teacher at Menomonee Falls High School for 16 years. He now works part-time as an adjunct professor at Carroll University and is a volunteer firefighter with the Menomonee Falls Fire Department.

Kellogg, who has two masters degrees and has lived in Menomonee Falls since 1999, taught science at Falls High School after serving as the department chair and assistant department chair at schools in Illinois.

Kellogg is running because he feels those currently in office have been "abusive" with their power and have not had a vested interest in Menomonee Falls.

"If you don't like how something is being done, don't complain, get involved," Kellogg said.

Nadolski

Nadolski is the assistance director of finance for operations and technology at Northwestern Mutual, focusing primarily on running technology budgets. Nadolski was first introduced to the possibility for running for the Falls School Board when he was invited to participate in a School District finance study committee in 2010-11.

He has two children in the district. In 2012, he wrapped up a six year run as the treasurer of Holy Cross Lutheran church, and felt it was the right time to run for School Board.

"I felt like the time was now right to put my hat in the ring to help serve the community and use my financial experience," he said. "Through my work experience, the best thing I've always done is I try to balance the heart of an issue with the financial needs in whatever role I've taken."

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