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Four candidates are vying for two five-year seats on the Pioneer Board of Education during polling on May 21 at the high school from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The top two vote-getters will be elected to the school board. 


The candidates will appear on the ballot in the following order (pick two): Mike Nelson, Denise Urbino, Darla Schwab and Anthony Giboo.


Mrs. Urbino and Mrs. Schwab currently sit on the board. 


The candidates provided the following brief profiles that appeared in the annual budget guide mailed to district residents: 


• Mike Nelson of Freedom is a retired railroad con- ductor and is also a retired member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, He has lived in the Pioneer district for 41 years.


When asked what experience he would bring to the Board of Education, Mr. Nelson said he is a former Cub Scout and Eagle Scout, and an Army Vietnam veteran. He was active as a Scout leader, lifeguard and swim instructor, member of National Rifle Asso- ciation, and taught fourth grade as a college student.


Regarding his goals for the school board, Mr. Nelson said he would like to preserve excellence in athletics and performing arts, as well as involving “older parents, grandparents, and seniors in helping students. Let kids be free in the summer to be with their friends, families and to travel.”


Mr. Nelson is a member of Arcade Lions Club and VFW Post 374/American Legion Post 737. He is a committeeman for Scout Troop 55, and is active within area senior groups.


• Denise Urbino of Bliss has served on the Board of Education for two years. She is the director at Early Bird Child Care Center and has worked with children for over 31 years. She said she brings this experi- ence to the Board of Education as well as “the ability to communicate effectively from the parents to the students and faculty.”


Mrs. Urbino and husband Robert have four children and have lived in the district for 21 years. In running for a full, five-year term, she said she hopes to “preserve the progress we have already made of combining all the schools into ‘PiONEer’, not divided like they have in the past. I would also like to continue to have more club opportunities for children of all ages.”


Mrs. Urbino added that she holds a bachelors degree in Early Childhood administration, and has extensive experience in administration and the education process. “I feel I understand the needs of both the parents and the teachers. I work well with others and can handle the responsibilies of being on the school board.”


• Darla Schwab of Delevan is a life-long resident of the Pioneer School District and a five-year member of the Board of Education. Her three children attended Pioneer. Mrs. Schwab also has seven grandchildren.


Mrs. Schwab is self-employed at her family’s dairy farm. She said she feels she brings the following qualities to the Board of Education: patience, responsibility, tolerance and communication.


Mrs. Schwab is active in her church as well as fund- raising for the Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce.


In summary, Mrs. Schwab said she has “enjoyed my last five years on the Board of Education and would love to be able to continue.”


• Anthony Giboo of Delevan has lived in the Pioneer School District for 16 years with his wife Ann. They are the parents of four boys, and the couple operate Pleasant Valley Contractors.


Mr. Giboo said, “As a strong community leader, I have proven to be a team player. Over the past 14 years I have served as a volunteer and youth coach. I am especially proud of my time served as head coach for the Pioneer youth football program.”


Mr. Giboo said his experience in volunteerism has given him a close-up view of the challenges faced by the community in offering Pioneer students the greatest opportunity of success both now and in the future.


“My experience as a parent and community leader has prepared me to take this next step in contributing to a greater tomorrow for our youth,” he added.


He said he is running for the school board “with the intent of increasing fiscal responsibility, eliminating some of the waste, while preserving our conserva- tive community values and increasing our children’s probability of success.”