2010-05-06 / Front Page

Hoffman, Jablonski elected to ed board

BY DARRYL Q. TUCKER 810-452-2647 • DTUCKER@MIHOMEPAPER.COM

GRAND BLANC — Jay Hoffman and Curtis R. Jablonski are the newest Grand Blanc School Board members.

Voters elected the two candidates during the May 4 election for two four-year seats on the board.

Hoffman was the top votegetter with 1,864 ballots, or 26 percent. Jablonski finished second with 1,787, or 25 percent of the vote.

Hoffman, 42, a financial adviser with Edward Jones said he’s ready to get to work with follow board members and improve the school district.

“I’m humbled,” Hoffman said. “I had a lot of people doing work to get my name out.”

Hoffman wants smaller classes and to keep students, faculty and facilities safe. He also said the board must start with the small items like recycling to save the district money.

Hoffman added that listening to all parties and working to understand tradeoffs are critical steps for board members to take in order to educate themselves toward making decisions that impacts the community.

Jablonski, 46, who works as a purchasing and logistics director for a large building supply corporation said he was ready to get acclimated with the board and work on maintaining the education of students with the current resources and funding.

He said he wants to ensure that his three elementary children, as well as all Grand Blanc students, continue to receive the same strong education.

Incumbent Lisa Kunkleman lost her bid for a second fouryear term. She received 1,586 votes, or 22 percent. In 2006, voters elected Kunkleman, who serves as board secretary.

The other two candidates were Karl F. Haiser Jr. with 1,161 votes, or 16 percent, and Brett F. Kuhlmann with 746 ballots, or 10 percent.

There were 24 write-in votes out of the 7,168 residents that voted.

Jane Brewer, president of the board, did not seek reelection.

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