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Andrew Maschmann has filed the necessary paperwork to run for a seat on the Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education.
Maschmann, owner and manager of Collection Associates, located in downtown Beatrice, said now is an important time for Beatrice Public Schools and he wants to help guide the district.
“We have a new superintendent and school board election on the horizon,” Maschmann said. “Coming from a family of educators and father of three small children, it’s important to me that (Beatrice Public Schools) provide all our students with the tools necessary to be successful at the next level. I’m just hoping to have the opportunity to set policy to allow the same opportunity for all students.”
Maschmann noted that his mother worked in education, his sister is a school administrator and both of his grandparents were educators.
Originally from Deshler, Maschmann has lived in Beatrice since 1994, other than a small break for military service.
He and his wife have three children, ages 7, 6 and 3.
This is Maschmann’s first time running for elected office, though he said he has helped with other political races.
Maschmann said one of his top goals would be to improve communication.
“I think it’s important that all voices of the community are heard,” he said. “More importantly, we have to ensure there is an effective system in place that allows students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members and taxpayers an opportunity to have their voices heard through the appropriate channels. This is vital to the success of our district.
“I think our district needs a fresh approach,” Maschmann added. “One thing I do bring to the table is experience serving on several other nonprofit boards. It’s my belief that building consensus allows ordinary people the opportunity to develop extraordinary solutions.”
Maschmann also noted that Beatrice Public Schools will face tough financial hurdles in the future, and said the board needs to be proactive in identifying ways to do more with less.
As of Friday morning, only Maschmann and incumbent Terry Cossel had filed for school board seats, though four seats will be up for grabs. The last day for incumbents to file for re-election is Feb. 15, all others have until March 1 to file.