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Reader Opinion: Respect for Ward

John Ward’s lifetime of experiences, and actions, make him the perfect candidate for the ISD 181 School Board at this critical time.

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I watched as John Ward held 500 ninth-graders in awe during an assembly at Franklin Junior High — the audience was silent and focused on his message that day. The kids responded that way out of respect for John’s sincerity and care for their wellbeing. I observed John motivate, advocate for, and inspire his students and players as a coach and teacher. I’ve seen him have the same influence on adults as a teacher-leader and legislator, and I’ve heard the same sentiments from those he served as mayor.

John’s lifetime of experiences, and actions, make him the perfect candidate for the ISD 181 School Board at this critical time. He’ll be able to evaluate options with respectful consideration of the perspectives of the students, labor, and management. With his background, John would be able to hit the ground running without the typical learning curve of a newly elected school board member.

Tim Edinger

Nisswa

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