Two school board candidates take part

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Meagan McBride (left) and Heidi Stephey, candidates for Tiffin City Board of Education, participate in Candidates Night on Wednesday.

Tiffin City Schools Board of Education candidates took time to answer questions from the community Wednesday night during the annual League of Women Voters Candidates Night.

Two candidates — Meagan McBride and write-in candidate Heidi Stephey — were present during the event that took place at the Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.

McBride said she will bring a unique mindset to the board because she’s a former educator with a background in mental health and counseling with a focus on youth and adolescents.

“I hope to give a voice to the students who are part of those marginalized populations who are not always represented,” McBride said.

Stephey also has a background as a teacher and currently serves on other boards throughout the community.

Timing is what is important to Stephey on her decision to be a part of the school board. She has two children who have graduated from the district and two who are current students. Stephey also has been a long-time volunteer within the district.

“Right now I feel like it is time I need to serve the board,” Stephey said.

On particular issues the district faces, McBride discussed the state grading system, special education and literacy, buildings and facilities and mental health.

“The experience I’ve had has married nicely with the work I’ve done,” McBride said. “I hope to continue to serve this community.”

Stephey said she has always had a desire to serve.

“In my experience I’ve always been informed and hard working,” Stephey said.