Holden, Zimmer win Saline School Board seats; incumbent Friese unseated
Saline School District voters chose running mates David Holden and David Zimmer as the two new faces on the Board of Education and unseated incumbent David Friese.
Holden was the top vote-getter with 1,748 votes or 26.70 percent of the vote, while Zimmer received 1,663 or 25.40 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Patti Tanner finished third with 1,634 votes or 24.96 percent and Friese, the incumbent, was fourth with 1,488 votes or 22.73 percent.
David Medley, the current vice president of the board, chose not to seek re-election.
Holden, 54, is a manager for strategic accounts automotive market - Air Liquide - and ran on a platform of “financial stability,” stating that the structural deficit must be resolved and the district's trend of spending more than is taken in should be reversed.
He said all three collective bargaining agreements expire in 2012 and the new agreements “need to reflect the current economic environment and contain flexibility with future cost certainty.”
He and Zimmer campaigned to reduce class sizes and to restructure the collective bargaining agreement with the SEA. “We will have the ability to create a stable financial environment and a portion of the cost restructuring will be used to hire additional teachers. Yes, we can reduce costs and hire additional teachers at the same time resulting in reduced class sizes.”
Zimmer, 55, is a consultant for Principal Human Capital with 20 years of experience in senior management and executive level roles with a focus on turnarounds and rapidly expanding businesses.
His top issue was financial stability. “We must reset the financial model of the district. We must address the structural deficits that have been part of our operating plan since 2003. “
He, too, campaigned to address the district’s structural deficit, while reducing class size, while ensuring that teachers have the resources to do their jobs in the classroom.
To reduce class sizes, he said, “We need the engagement of the community, our teachers and staff, our students, our administration, and our school board.”
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.