Three people are running for two seats on the West Burlington School Board during the Sept. 12 election. Tri States Public Radio reached out to each candidate to find out why they entered the race and some of their plans if elected, including Bruce Thuleen.
Thuleen is a newcomer to elections -- this is his first time running for public office. He works for Contitech in Mount Pleasant.
Thuleen said he has two children in the West Burlington School District so he is running for the school board to be a positive voice for the district. He said he wants to support and promote what is going on throughout the district.
Thuleen said the biggest challenge facing the district is the size of the high school. He said given the volume of students who open enroll into West Burlington, he would like to see open enrollment capped at WBHS, similar to the caps at the elementary school level.
Thuleen said he’s concerned that if the high school grows too large, a new building would be needed, which would cost taxpayers millions of dollars.