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Candidate Profile: Nicholas Zuberbuhler
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Darlington School Board

In the Darlington school board race, there are four people up for three open seats. Incumbents Matt Crist, Joe Schilling and Nicholas Zuberbuhler are being challenged by Donna Jean Wiegel.

Position sought: Darlington School Board

Age: 43

City/town of residence: Darlington

Family: My wife, Mia Zuberbuhler is currently employed by the Argyle School District as an Elementary Educator. We have two wonderful children. Zoie who is currently in the 5th grade, and Zeke who is currently in the 2nd grade.

Education: BSN-Nursing Edgewood College, Masters in Anesthesia St. Mary's University-Minn.

Occupation: Nurse Anesthetist at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County.

Previous elected positions held: Vice President of Darlington School Board.

What are the top issues facing this district/municipality and how would you work to resolve it?

Like many other School Districts in the state, Darlington is facing, or will be facing, many important issues in the years to come. Unfortunately, the most important issue is budgetary. The cost of day-to-day operation has continued to increase, but in recent years State funding has decreased. Due to this inequity many school districts have been forced to go to operational referendums. Currently, public Wisconsin School borrowing is at an all time high of roughly 1.5 billion dollars.

What are other key issues facing the district/municipality, and how would you work to resolve them?

Encourage community involvement. (Ex. Attend annual meeting, attend monthly meetings, attend informational community forums when presented)

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

I have served on the Darlington School Board for the two previous terms. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to communicate well with others. With our current economic status I believe this is going to be vital, as we will be facing many difficult decisions ahead. Loyalty, reliability, fairness, promptness are all characteristics that I hold in high regard. I apply these virtues to my everyday life and thus will apply them to my school board obligations as well.