With three of his children in the school system, Brad D. Logan, 36, thinks his voice would be worthwhile on the school board, especially because his children have attended Edgewood Grade School.

    “I had a lot of people ask me to run, and I think I’d be good for the area. I have three kids in three different schools, and we need younger people to be a voice,” said Logan, whose children are enrolled in Edgewood,  junior high and high schools. “I think it’s better to have kids in school and be on the board so you’ll have an influence on how the schools should be run.”

    He and his wife, Susan, and their children reside in Union Township. Logan is a journeyman lineman with AmerenIllinois.

    With one of his children in second grade at Edgewood Grade School, Logan doesn’t want to see the school closed. When the board considered closing the school a few years ago, school officials agreed to wait until the student population decreased to 60 students. Logan said if that’s what the public and the board agreed on, then the promise should be kept, but he also said closure of the school would be hard on the Edgewood community.

    “If that’s what everyone agreed on, is 60, then it should be closed. But now if we have 75 or 80 students and it should be closed because of financial constraints, that’s not the agreement,” Logan said. “Just because of low state money, there are other places we can cut rather than make classes bigger. But if it’s even down to 59 — a deal’s a deal.”

    With Unit 40 finances under strain, Logan believes district funds should only be spent on what is necessary and officials should try to avoid putting government money into places that don’t need it.

    “We need to be conservative. Sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Logan said, referring to grants the district might receive for a project that’s not necessary at the time, especially if the district has to match that grant with a certain percentage. Instead, he would like to seem more concentration on providing more funding to the mentoring program.

    Because so many administrators are retiring within the next four years, Logan believes additional staff cuts in the future can be avoided because the new administrators will probably receive less pay.

    “We have a lot of people retiring, so there won’t be as many staff cuts, as far as getting laid off,” Logan said, adding if the money’s not there, the salaries can’t be paid. “You can’t predict what’s going to happen, but staff would be the last thing to cut, as far as layoffs. We don’t want to offer a lot to the ones we hire because we don’t have it in the budget.”

    Policies will always need reviewed as time goes on, especially those that have been in affect but haven’t been evaluated in years, Logan said.

    “It’s something we need to look at constantly. There’s always changes, always some that are out of date. It may have been good 20 years ago, but maybe now we need to look at it from a different angle on how it’s handled.”

    There may be needed renovations to school buildings in the future, but Logan doesn’t believe a new school building is necessary, especially if there have been talks of closing Edgewood due to budget constraints.

    Because of his location within the district, Logan contends he would be a good candidate for Unit 40.

    “I could be a voice for that area.”

    Samantha Newburn may be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 131 or samantha.newburn@effinghamdailynews.com

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