Newest school board member to replace retiring VP Don Borgic
Wayland Board of Education Vice President Don Borgic will not seek another four-year term, but President Gary Wood is seeking re-election.
Candidates for school board seats were required to file by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. The names of those who filed, though public information, were not made available by the Allegan County Clerk’s office until after the deadline for withdrawal had passed.
Two regular four-year terms and one unexpired two-year term will be on the ballot in Wayland. Hopkins will have two, four-year seats open and Martin just one.
Borgic has decided not to seek another term after serving for eight years. First elected to the board in July 2004, he is a life-long Wayland resident and he and his wife, Judy, have two adult sons, Joe and Ben. A 1969 Wayland High School graduate, he attended Ferris State University, obtaining an associate degree in applied science in 1974.
He has been employed as maintenance manager at Diamond Drilling in Grand Rapids. He also served on the Wayland Township Road Committee and has coached youth soccer, baseball and wrestling.
Wood will be seeking his first full four-year term. He joined the board by being appointed in May 2009. He is a resident of the City of Wayland and has six children with three currently enrolled in the district; one at Pine Street Elementary and two at Hillside Learning Center West in Allegan.
A senior project chemist at TriMatrix Laboratories Inc. in Grand Rapids, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Aquinas College.
Wood is a member of Wayland United Methodist Church and the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan.
Wood and Tom Salingue, who was appointed last June to fill the seat left vacant by the resigned Jon Carroll, will be the only candidates for the two, four-year seats.
Salingue and his wife, Sherry, live in Wayland with their two children, Mitchel and Owen. He is a graduate of Martin High School and Western Michigan University and is president of the Wayland Youth Baseball and Softball League.
He is the owner of the Allstate Insurance in Hastings.
Newcomers Bruce W. DuValls Jr. and Kimberly Henney will seek the partial term, filling out the remaining two years of the seat vacated by Carroll.
In Hopkins, newcomer Karen Ann Ryan will seek one of the board’s two open seats, as will incumbent Michael Maule, so they will be unopposed. Both terms are for six years.
The one four-year seat in Martin has been filled by incumbent Scott Dill, but there was no information available about this race.
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