Pennfield school board candidates on in-person learning, possible bond

A Pennfield Schools bus.

Pennfield Schools could be reshaped by the Nov. 3 general election. Ten candidates are vying for four seats on the school board as the district navigates an unprecedented school year.

Only one member of the current board is seeking reelection: Alicia Bronson, who joined the board in March, two weeks before the statewide mandatory closure of schools due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Trustees Scott Baxter, Dotty Dilsaver and Brandon Hultink are not seeking re-election.

Pennfield High School

The current school board voted 4-3 to have students in grades K-5 return to the classroom for the fall of the 2020-21 school year under a hybrid model, with virtual instruction only for grades 6 through 12 and a virtual option for all grades. 

The four members elected this cycle will have a large say in how Pennfield Schools continues to adapt and address continued challenges brought on by the pandemic, and the long-term future of a district that serves close to 2,2000 students and is outgrowing some of its facilities. 

Dawn M. Bayman

Dawn Bayman

Dawn Bayman is an EMS worker in Barry County, has spent 13 years as a substitute teacher in Calhoun County, and has three children; a Pennfield graduate, an eighth-grade student and a kindergartner. She has volunteered in athletics and with the Girl Scouts and was a volunteer firefighter for five years.

“My vision for the district is to get parents involved in both the planning and encouragement of our students,” Bayman said. “We should strive for making learning fun and multidimensional to activate the curiosity of our students. Every student has a learning style, our program must address every style to ensure success for all.”

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