NEW ULM - Patricia Hoffman, a member of the District 88 School Board for the past for years, filed for re-election on Monday. She is the only incumbent of the four whose terms are up this year who has filed.
Jill Hulke of Courtland also filed, bringing the field of candidates to six for the four open seats. In addition to Hulke and Hoffman the candidates are Sharon Gieseke, Matt Ringhofer, Chris Cook and Jerod Spilman.
Hoffman, elected to the school board in 2008, is a member of the faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she is director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She has a master's degree in special education and in teaching English as a second language, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.
Hoffman could not be reached Monday afternoon for comment.
Hulke, 32, lives with her husband and four children on a dairy farm near Courtland. She works full time for Christensen Farms.
"I have two children (a fifth-grader and a first-grader) in the school district, and that's my motivation for running for school board," said Hulke.
"I think we need people on the school board who understand what is important in the district, and who are accountable and willing to fight for what is right for the children. That's what makes the difference between a district that excels and one that is struggling," said Hulke. "I think that's a little lacking on the board right now, and we need some new faces."
Filing for school boards and city offices in several area cities will end at the close of business today.